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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he doesn't mind Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau's foul mouth. ((Jim Rogash/Getty Images) )

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman disagrees with Bruce Boudreau's mom: He doesn't mind the Washington 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."

"You're watching a team and in particular a coach going through a very difficult time," Bettman said at a media breakfast Tuesday to promote the Winter Classic between the two teams. "No one in this room is prudish enough to think that locker room language isn't coarse."

The commissioner added, "Both teams have handled themselves beautifully."