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Posted: Friday September 30, 2011 12:26PM ; Updated: Friday September 30, 2011 3:08PM

Red Wings rookie Smith given five-game suspension by NHL

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Defenseman Brendan Smith will sit out Detroit's first five regular season games

Smith got a match penalty Wed. for a shoulder to the head of Chicago's Ben Smith

He will also miss Detroit's last three preseason games and forfeit $23,648 in salary

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Brendan Smith has been suspended for the first five regular-season games for an illegal hit to the head of Chicago forward Ben Smith.

The NHL said Friday that Brendan Smith would also miss the last three games of the preseason and forfeit $23,648 in salary.

His shoulder struck Ben Smith in the head in the third period of Wednesday's exhibition, knocking him out of the game. Brendan Smith received a match penalty.

Brendan Smith, a first-round pick in 2007 who joined Detroit's AHL affiliate last season, will have his NHL regular-season debut pushed back until at least Oct. 22 against the Capitals. Ben Smith had three goals in seven playoff games for the Blackhawks last season.

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