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Bettman on head shots, owners, more

Updated: January 29, 2011, 10:46 PM ET
By Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

RALEIGH, N.C. -- During his state of the game news conference before Saturday night's SuperSkills competition, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman acknowledged concussions are up this season and most of the increase has been in the area of accidental collisions, not reckless plays.

Bettman would not give numbers but did say the number of concussions due to blindside hits has declined since Rule 48 was introduced late last season to penalize hits against vulnerable players.

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