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Stars' Garbutt handed 5-game suspension
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Stars left wing Ryan Garbutt has been suspended five games by the NHL for charging Anaheim forward Dustin Penner in Sunday's matchup against the Ducks.
Shortly after exiting the penalty box, Garbutt left his feet to deliver a high hit to the head area of Penner after the Anaheim wing was releasing a shot. He was not penalized for the incident, which occurred during the second period of the Stars' 6-3 loss to the Ducks.
Penner was helped to the dressing room and did not return to the game. He sat out Anaheim's contest at Toronto on Tuesday as well.
Garbutt, who has no prior history of supplemental discipline, will begin his suspension when the Stars host Calgary on Thursday. The 28-year-old will be eligible to return for a Nov. 3 game at Ottawa.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Garbutt will forfeit $14,743.60 in salary that will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
10/23 18:39:50 ET