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Friday, May 17, 2013
Caps-Rangers battle continues

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Now it's getting personal.

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates is not happy about New York Rangers coach John Tortorella characterizing the Caps' complaints about officiating as whining.

"Well, I think he's out of line," Oates said on Washington's 106.7 The Fan. "[Tortorella] should be worried about his own series. We didn't whine once during the series. I never complained. I don't know, did you guys ever hear me complain about officiating?"

Oates seemed so frustrated that he was asked whether he could beat up Tortorella.

"Yes," Oates said, "easily."

Caps star Alex Ovechkin had already criticized the officiating in the series, which the Rangers won in seven games. The Rangers received 28 power-play chances in the series; the Capitals finished with 16.

Tortorella responded Wednesday.

"We've got everybody and their brother whining out there in Washington about what happened in that series," Tortorella said. "And I think that's a big reason they lose that series."