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Tampa Bay left wing Gordie Dwyer was suspended without pay Thursday by the National Hockey League for 23 games, including the Lightning's first 21 regular-season contests, for leaving the penalty box and making contact with officials during a preseason game.

Dwyer will be eligible to return Nov. 27 against the New York Islanders. He will forfeit $39,510 in salary, the NHL said.

Dwyer made contact with linesman David Brisebois during a fight with Washington Capitals defenseman Joe Reekie in the third period of a Sept. 19 preseason tie. While serving his penalty, he left the penalty box and tried to fight Reekie again, but knocked referee Mark Faucette to the ice.

Dwyer, 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, was given minor penalties for charging and roughing and both players received 10-minute misconducts for fighting.

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