Ryan Garbutt fined for spearing
DALLAS -- Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was fined $1,474.36 -- the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement -- by the NHL for spearing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry during Game 5 of the first-round series on Friday night.
Garbutt was skating to the bench on a line change at 9:11 of the first period when he speared Perry as an official looked on. Garbutt was ejected and the Stars had to try to kill off a five-minute major penalty.
Stars captain Jamie Benn scored a shorthanded goal during the major, but the Ducks also got a power-play goal to take a 2-1 lead at that point.
Perry left the ice, 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.
"It was deliberate," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau countered. "It wasn't an accident. It was pretty dirty."
Speaking to reporters on Saturday in Dallas, Boudreau added that Garbutt and Antoine Roussel had "been taking little potshots" the entire series.
"It caught up to them," Boudreau said. "Both of them took penalties that in the regular season they get away with and the first couple of games, they were getting away with. Like I said, the thing that happened with the spear, sometimes you don't catch that because it's in the middle of a line change and there's chaos there. But I think it was pretty flagrant."
Boudreau said he "can't comment" on Garbutt's fine.
"I'd love to because there's a lot of jokes to be made," Boudreau said. "But I'm not going to say a thing."
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it was an important lesson for Garbutt to learn.
"Playoff spirit and playoff embellishing and playoff gamesmanship is a whole lot different from the regular season," Ruff said. "He got caught with a little playoff gamesmanship there."
Perry said he had no reaction to Garbutt's spear. He was asked if he was stunned by it.
"I don't know," Perry said. "It's just something that happened."
Perry had a similar play against Benn in Game 1, but was called for slashing and given a minor penalty.
Garbutt will be eligible to play in Game 6. The Ducks lead the first-round playoff series 3-2.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.