The seven-game battle with the Capitals ended Monday, but the fallout continued.

"You've got everybody and their brother whining out there in Washington about what happened in that series. I think that's a big reason they lose that series,'' Rangers coach John Tortorella said Wednesday, suggesting that the group lost its focus.

Alex Ovechkin complained about the officiating and hinted at a league conspiracy to a Russian newspaper Tuesday. At Capitals breakup day Wednesday, general manager George McPhee told the media: "I don't think there's a league conspiracy, but it sure didn't feel right. Alex wasn't wrong."

McPhee continued: "What we didn't get a chance to do was go on the power play very often, and it was a real strength of ours . . . We had to kill too many penalties, I don't know why . . . I didn't like the refereeing, but . . . if you complain about it after a series is over, then it's whining and sour grapes."

Boyle returns home

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Brian Boyle, who grew up in Hingham, Mass. and attended Boston College, joked about his extended family's allegiance when the Rangers face the Bruins: "There's no divide in the Boyle family. We're all in enemy territory."

Asked about ticket requests from friends and relatives, Boyle said: "I'm going to get hammered. I'm thinking of throwing my phone into the Hudson . . . "

Blue notes

D Marc Staal did not skate, but flew with the team to Boston. Darroll Powe and Ryane Clowe, believed to have concussions, did not skate . . . The Rangers will practice at TD Garden at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and do not plan to return home after the game, despite the two days off before Sunday afternoon's Game 2.