James Wisniewski is in his first season with the Islanders. ((Steve Hiscock/Associated Press))

The New York Islanders said Tuesday that defenceman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games by the NHL for his actions in the team's last game.

The incident occurred in Monday afternoon's game in Uniondale, N.Y. between the Islanders and the New York Rangers.

After a stoppage in play resulted from teammate Rick DiPietro's save, Wisniewski made an obscene gesture for several seconds toward Rangers forward Sean Avery.

Wisniewski, 26, is in his first season with the Islanders, having previously played for Chicago and Anaheim.

"A lot of actions on the ice are regrettable," Wisniewski said on the team website. "I’ve been given a suspension from the league and I’m going to accept it and move on from here."

Wisniewski had said after the game he didn't remember the incident, but it was clearly visible on the game telecast, with video uploaded around the internet before the teams had even finished the contest.

The defenceman will sit out games this week against Washington and Pittsburgh and will be eligible to return for the team's game Saturday against Colorado.

He will also forfeit just over $79,000 US in salary.

 Wisniewski was suspended for eight games last season while with Anaheim for decking Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook headfirst into the boards.