Islanders defenceman Andy Sutton checks forward Pascal Dupuis into the boards late in Tuesday's 6-4 loss at Pittsburgh. ((Keith Srakocic/Associated Press))

New York Islanders defenceman Andy Sutton received a two-game suspension Wednesday for hitting forward Pascal Dupuis from behind in a 6-4 loss at Pittsburgh the night before.

Dupuis remained prone on the ice for several minutes after the hit and needed a towel to mop up a bloody nose before heading to the dressing room.

He did not return.

Sutton, 34, was assessed a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for the hit, which occurred at 17:05 of the third period.

Earlier, he had scored his fourth goal of the season, giving him 11 points overall.

Pittsburgh already had the win sewn up, with Sidney Crosby counting two goals and four assists and Evgeni Malkin a hat trick.

Sutton will miss games Thursday and Saturday against the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils, and forfeit more than $31,000 US in salary.

He is eligible to return Jan. 26.

Sutton, from Kingston, Ont., has totalled 34 goals and 100 assists for 134 points with 974 penalty minutes in 557 games over 11 NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers and Islanders.

With files from The Associated Press