May 15, 2013
Tortorella barks back at NHL conspiracy allegations
Says whining is why Capitals lost the series
By QMI Agency

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella (C) instructs his team during their first round series against the Washington Capitals. (REUTERS)

The series might be over but the gamesmanship between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers is continuing.

Capitals general manager George McPhee admitted he spoke to the NHL about the officiating during his team's first-round playoff series with the Rangers but didn't fully back captain Olex Ovechkin's assertion the league "wanted a Game 7."

Washington didn't have a power play in Game 6, compared to five for the Rangers, and wound up losing 1-0.

"I don't think there's a league conspiracy but it sure didn't feel right. Alex wasn't wrong," McPhee told reporters Wednesday. "I talked to them during the series but at some point you stop. They'll referee the way they want to referee. I didn't like the refereeing, but if you complain about it during the series and you're accused of trying to gain an edge. If you complain about it after a series is over, then it's whining and sour grapes."

Rangers coach John Tortorella would certainly agree with the last part of that statement.

"We've got everybody and their brother whining up there in Washington about what happened in that series, and I think that's a big reason why they lose that series," he said. "I like where our team is as far as how they handle themselves."



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