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NHL Commissioner Bettman doesn't believe chants comparing Corey Perry to Katy Perry are sexist

Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon (19) and right wing Corey Perry (10) celebrate Perry's goal against Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the second period of Game 3 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup NHL hockey playoffs, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Anaheim defeated Winnipeg 5-4 in overtime, taking a 3-0 series lead. (Michael Goulding/The Orange County Register via AP)

Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon (19) and right wing Corey Perry (10) celebrate Perry's goal against Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the second period of Game 3 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup NHL hockey playoffs, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Anaheim defeated Winnipeg 5-4 in overtime, taking a 3-0 series lead. (Michael Goulding/The Orange County Register via AP)  (The Associated Press)

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman doesn't believe Winnipeg Jets fans were being "sexist in the slightest" by comparing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry to pop singer Katy Perry.

Bettman likens the chants to goalies being called "sieves." The commissioner was in Winnipeg on Monday for the chants during Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

When reminded that sieves don't have feelings, Bettman accepted that point, before adding he didn't believe Katy Perry was "particularly upset by that chant."

The exchange took place at the league headquarters Friday during Bettman's annual meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors.

Bettman says it's "overly literal" to call the chants sexist. Without providing numbers, he says the NHL has a greater percentage of female fans than do the other major sports.