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.
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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
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 . . . "
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.