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Stars’ Garbutt suspended five games for charging Ducks’ Penner

Dallas Stars center Ryan Garbutt, top, shoots and scores as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen defends during the first period of their NHL game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif.

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The NHL has suspended Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt five games for charging Anaheim forward Dustin Penner.

The incident occurred at 6:28 of the first period in Anaheim's 6-3 home win over Dallas on Sunday. Garbutt left the penalty box and skated at Penner before leaving his skates to deliver a check. He hit Penner in the head, and the Anaheim forward had to leave the game.

Penner didn't travel with the team for a road game in Toronto on Tuesday.

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No penalty was called on the play.

Garbutt will forfeit US$14,743.60 in salary. He is eligible to return for the Stars' Nov. 3 game in Ottawa.

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