NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was fined $1,474 – the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement – by the NHL on Saturday for spearing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry in the groin Friday night.
Garbutt was given a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct midway through the first period in the Stars’ 6-2 loss at Anaheim.
”I was just coming back to the bench and got careless with my stick,” Garbutt said.
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”It was deliberate,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau countered. ”It wasn’t an accident. It was pretty dirty.”
The Ducks lead the first-round playoff series 3-2.