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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>RipNasty</b></div><div>Tampa is a cheap and dirty team and they will want some sort of revenge for Cernak. So at the very least Bunting is going to have to answer the bell for that. What scares me is that a) the refs are going to let it happen at the very least or worse case call Bunting for a dive when it happens. Or b) they will go after bunting and try to drag everyone else into it as well to get a free chance at getting Matthews and co into the muck.

Why bother giving them the chance? Sit him for game 5 and if they lose then give him game 6. But if they sit him 1 game then you are sending him a message and also saving yourself from the nonsense Tampa will pull. Send them home and bring Bunting back for the next round. Clean slate.</div></div>

I very much understand your point, but I disagree and I'll explain. To me, this line of thinking represents an underlying reason of why the Leafs have been unable to close out a series. The fear of losing or the fear of someone making a bad play that is costly. This is the playoffs and competition is extremely high, players are going to make mistakes. Sure the argument is to ice the team that makes the least amount of mistakes. But you want to ice the team that gives you the best chance to win. IMO Bunting makes the lineup better. Bunting is a guy that you hate to play against but love on your team, I'm personally rooting for him. To close out the series the Leafs need to take it to them, dictate pace and put more pucks in the net the rest is just noise.