Referee Gets Physical With a Leafs Player in Altercation

Published December 20, 2022 at 7:15 PM

When Mitch Marner was taken down by an opponent with only a few seconds remaining in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning game, a fight ensued.

Bunting approached Mikhail Sergachev, and the two began trading blows because Bunting realized that his top player, Marner, couldn't continue to be treated that way. Another official began to push a Maple Leafs forward while the first referee proceeded to intervene to break up the fight and determine who would be sent to the penalty box.

Michael Bunting of the Leafs was repeatedly shoved in an aggressive manner to the point of hardly being able to stand.

You really don't see that too frequently, so you have to wonder if the NHL will penalize the referee or if an apology will be issued. This is not the first time this referee and the Leafs have been involved in an altercation; in 2016, the referee, who was a former player, delivered a vicious blow to a Leaf.

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Referee Gets Physical With a Leafs Player in Altercation

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