BOSTON (AP) -Talk about a tough league.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman showed up at Thursday night's game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning with a cast on his left arm. Asked whether he had dropped the gloves against one of the league's enforcers, Bettman said he actually had tendon surgery on Monday.
He then joked, ``It's a result of reporters asking (stupid) questions.''
Bettman gave his league good grades on its opening weeks, which included a two-game series in London between Anaheim and Los Angeles. Attendance is up across the league, he said, though the Bruins had about two-thirds of the new Boston Garden filled for their home opener as they went head-to-head with a Red Sox baseball playoff game.
``We're anticipating a record year,'' he said.

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