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May112015

Ducks Move on to Western Conference Finals

Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images(ANAHEIM) -- Corey Perry endured a brutal hit from Flames center Matt Stajan and would return the pain in spades.

Perry scored the game winning goal 2:26 minutes into overtime to send the Anaheim Ducks onto the Western Conference Finals where the Chicago Blackhawks await.

Early in the second period, Stajan drove his hip hard into Perry with an open-ice check. Perry collapsed onto the ice and soon limped over to his bench. He returned a few minutes later, but obviously not at full strength. 

“It was huge, you see him go down and hold your breath and hope he’s fine,” Ducks forward Matt Beleskey said. “He’s a guy who takes a beating every night, comes back and scores big goals, that’s why he’s one of the best players in the league.”

The Ducks tied the game early in the third when Francois Beauchimin fired a rocket of a shot on Karri Ramo. Beleskey was screening Ramo and tipped the puck past the Flames net minder.

In overtime, Cam Fowler fired a shot towards Ramo, the puck died in the crease and during the scrum Patrick Maroon and Perry both slashed away at the puck. It was Perry, who was fighting for position with Ramo, that pushed the puck into the net and defeated the Flames in five games.


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