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At first glance, it might appear as if James Wisniewski(notes) of the New York Islanders was performing an impromptu bit of karaoke during their home game against the New York Rangers this afternoon.

That's until you see it's Sean Avery(notes) standing in front of him ... and you see the following video, in which Wisniewski gives the Rangers' pest a mouthful. (WARNING: Graphic sexual gesture.)

So ... that happened. And here the NHL was worried about the epidemic of throat slashing in the League, when the real issue was cheek stashing ...

Even though Avery doesn't have many fans in the NHL front office, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was at Nassau Coliseum to witness the lewd gesture and Wisniewski has a suspension history. (UPDATE: Bettman said he didn't see it, but that it'll be an issue for NHL hockey ops.)

Via Bob McKenzie on Twitter:

"No NHL player has ever been suspended for type of obscene gesture Wisniewski used on Avery today, but one suspects that is about to change."

Absolutely. This incident will not blow over. It's something the NHL needs to get a grip on before it explodes.

UPDATE: As expected, Avery gold after the game, via Steve Zipay:

"They (the NHL) won't do anything. Imagine if I did that? They'd send me to rehab."

Image via Puck Buddy Ryan Real.

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