Dustin Penner injury: Ryan Garbutt invited to in-person hearing

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Ryan Garbutt could face a suspension in excess of five-games for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner.

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been invited to an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Garbutt connected on a hit of Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner during the second period of Sunday night's game. Penner left the arena under his own power and had full mobility, according to a release from the Ducks. Penner was also active on Twitter after the injury and added his opinion of the play.

Garbutt did not receive a penalty for the play, but the injury to Penner could play a factor in how the Department of Player Safety decides to rule. The decision to invite Garbutt to an in-person hearing means the league will have the option to administer a suspension in excess of five-games.

Garbutt has not been suspended over the span of 64 career NHL games.

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