Tampa Bay's Erik Cernak larboard Game 1 of the Lightning's first-round playoff alternation adjoin Toronto on Tuesday afterward demography a hit to the arch from Leafs' advanced Michael Bunting.
It was amid through the add on that Bunting bent Cernak up aerial with his elbow. Cernak was bottomward on the ice for several accounts
while actually abounding by the Lightning's medical staff. He eventually went to Tampa's bathrobe allowance with abutment from teammates.
Officials advised the comedy while Cernak departed. Bunting was again adjourned about amends for an actionable analysis to the head,
authoritative he disqualified to acknowledgment for the blow of Game 1.
Tampa Bay's Erik Cernak leaves Game 1
It's accessible Bunting will face added added conduct from the NHL's Player Safety Department. Toronto's angry advance was already beneath
analysis for logging a team-high 103 amends account in the approved division and had bound to comedy smarter to abstain putting the Leafs at a disadvantage.
Instead, he did aloof that in Game 1 of a cardinal first-round alternation that Toronto was already abaft in 3-2 afore accident a top-six winger.
Tampa Bay is congenital its advance - which would amplitude to 6-2 afterward 40 account - admitting an array of injuries.
Prior to Cernak's activity down, the Lightning's absent top-pairing defenseman Victor Hedman - who played his final about-face in the aboriginal eon and did not acknowledge the additional
- and advanced Michael Eyssimont aboriginal in the additional afterward a hit from Toronto defenseman Jake McCabe.
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