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NHL's Bettman doesn't mind Boudreau's cursing

Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 1:41 PM / News

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman disagrees with Bruce Boudreau's mom: He doesn't mind the Capitals coach's cursing.

Boudreau's expletive-filled rant at his team during the first episode of HBO's "24/7" series about Washington and the Pittsburgh Penguins has drawn plenty of buzz - and admonishment from his mother.

But Bettman calls it a natural part of "the ultimate reality show."

At a media breakfast Tuesday to promote the Winter Classic between the two teams, Bettman said: "No one in this room is prudish enough to think that locker room language isn't coarse."

The commissioner says "both teams have handled themselves beautifully."

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday