Are the Caps worrying too much about the refs?
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is focusing his sights on playing the Boston Bruins in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but he couldn’t resist the temptation to poke fun at the Capitals for suggesting the officiating in their first-round series against the Rangers was biased.
“I like where our team is as far as how they handle themselves,” Tortorella told reporters at the Rangers’ practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. “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.
“So I just think our mindset is very good, as far as not letting anything bothers us, just getting ready to play each day: Play the game, practice the next day and just go about our business.”
The Rangers were awarded 28 power plays in the series and scored on two of them; the Capitals were given 16 and scored three times.
“I think the penalties were very frustrating in the series,” Caps coach Adam Oates said. “Obviously, you don’t agree with every call; obviously, there are some we earned. It’s a tough subject. It really doesn’t matter now.”