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Oates: 'Tortorella out of line'

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Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates is willing to give New York Rangers coach John Tortorella something to whine about.

Oates told 106.7 The Fan in Washington he could "easily" beat up Tortorella when he was asked the question on air.

Oates was riled up that Tortorella said the Capitals were "whining" about officiating in the completed series in which the Rangers led power-play chances 28-16.

"Well, I think he's out of line," Oates said. "He 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?"

The Rangers won the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series in seven games to advance to the semifinals against Boston. The Bruins won Game 1 on Thursday.

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

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