Quoted from koji:
I can't say 100% he was going for his head.. Cernak is crouching downward, and bunting is coming upward, this happens, and he does not appear to have a line of sight to Cernak's head. He definitely knew where Cernak was and was trying to give him an elbow, no question... so he needs to pay the consequences of that, just like an errant high stick etc. I just can't see intent to elbow Cernak in the head specifically.. so most of that would be his own historical baggage...
Bunting turned into Cernak when the puck was in the opposite direction and leapt at an angle while positioning his shoulder. If he was playing the body, it would have made sense to stay low where there was better leverage against a bigger player (Cernak). Either way, he's a clown just like Kadri IMO. The league was right to give him 3 games, hits to the head like that should not be tolerated in any way. I have a hard time accepting this as an accident, there are thousands of NHL games a year and yet we just don't see accidental blows to the head while one-on-one away from the puck like that... and from a smaller guy leaping into a big guy.
I've seen more whining and complaining from Leafs fans on the NHL forums, and it's laughable. I watched the Tampa/Toronto game and there was missed calls on both sides and bad calls on both sides. Even the call on Cernak earlier in the game was very questionable (Funny how it was Bunting skating over to Cernak and acting like he was going to run him after the whistle)... Sure looked like Bunting dived. and that led to a Leafs goal and a huge momentum swing (score was 3-0 and the Leafs looked out of it before then). And to be clear, I think the refs are just bad and inconsistent. But the leafs were dominated in that game from the faceoff. But lucky for them, it's only game 1. Lots of hockey left. I know that not all Leafs fans are whiners, but I think even Tavares came out and said the Refs were aginst them (wahhh lol).
Lots of losses from home teams so far, Boston getting destroyed was surprising. But I'm loving the playoffs so far, lots of good hockey!! I have 2 TV's running all night and to me this is the best time of the year.