NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been suspended for two games for hitting an opposing player from behind and into the boards, the National Hockey League said on Friday.

The suspension will keep Ponikarovsky out of the team's final two regular season games.

The incident occurred early in the final period of Thursday's game against the New York Islanders when Ponikarovsky hit center Josh Bailey from behind.

New York's Bailey was injured on the play and Ponikarovsky was given a boarding penalty and game misconduct.

(Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Alison Wildey)