Ryan Garbutt was tied for 22nd in the league with 106 penalty minutes in the regular season. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was fined $1,474.36, the maximum amount allowed for a player of his salary under the collective bargaining agreement, for spearing Ducks forward Corey Perry in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Friday, the league announced Saturday.
Garbutt was ejected for the incident, which occurred at 9:11 of the first period as he was skating to the bench on a line change. The Stars were also assessed a five-minute major penalty, during which Dallas' Jamie Benn scored a shorthanded goal.
The play can be seen here.
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Perry left the ice after he was hit but returned about a minute later and played the rest of the game.
"I was just coming back to the bench and got careless with my stick," Garbutt said.
The Ducks earned a 6-2 win to take a 3-2 series lead. Game 6, which Garbutt is eligible to play in, is Sunday in Dallas.
Perry was called for slashing, a minor penalty, after a similar play on Benn in Game 1.
Garbutt, who had 17 goals and 15 assists in the regular season, scored goals in Games 2 and 3. The 28-year-old left winger is in his third season with the Stars after parts of three seasons in the minors.
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