After two days of listening to the Capitals cry about the officiating in their first round loss to the Rangers, John Tortorella apparently has had enough as he made this statement after practice today (via Daily News)…
“We’ve got everybody and their brother whining out there in Washington about what happened in that series and I think that’s a big reason they lose that series.”
Tortorella was referring to this Alex Ovechkin comment to Russian media (via Pro Hockey Talk)…
“Not saying there was a phone call, but they wanted Game 7. For ratings. You know, lockout, escrow, league must make profit.”
Today Capitals GM George McPhee added that while he didn't feel their was a conspiracy by the league he said the officiating "didn't feel right." Per the Washington Time’s Stephen Whyno, McPhee also said he spoke to the league about the officiating during the series, but to no avail.
And here's more…
#Caps' Fehr: "I have a few thoughts in my head, but they're not very good ones, so I'm not going to say them." went on about G3 penalties.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) May 15, 2013
…absolutely nothing worse than a team blaming the officiating. Especially a day after getting buried 5-0 in a Game 7 in their own building.
…apparently Ovechkin is forgetting about the non-call on his blatant board of McDonagh in the first period in Game 7. And maybe McPhee should be criticizing his team for their lack of discipline instead of wondering why the Rangers, who were the least penalized team in the regular season, were not being sent to the box.
…and seriously, how much did the additional penalties really help the Rangers? They were 2-for-28 on the power play in the series. And it's not like the Caps were taking advantage of their opportunities as they were just 3-for-16 with the man advantage.
…great job by Torts calling the Caps out and not letting them get away with this.