When it seemed like the NHL would be a non-event this season, the Chicago Blackhawks decided to do something about it.
The Blackhawks roared out of the gate and set the record of playing 24 games without a regulation loss from the start of the season.
Nobody was more thankful than Gary Bettman.
In addition to the Blackhawks' scintillating performance, the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins have all put the attention back on the ice and away from the stupidity of the lockout.
A 48-game season may not be ideal, but the truncated schedule is providing a lot of lessons to those who administer the game, as well as those who play it and follow it.