Adam Oates says he could beat up John Tortorella

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After knocking the Caps out of the playoffs, Rangers Coach John Tortorella rubbed some salt in the wound.

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

On Thursday, Adam Oates was on with LaVar and Dukes on 106.7, and the pair asked the Caps coach to respond. (Audio here.)

“Well, I think he’s out of line,” he said. “He should be worrying about his own series. We didn’t whine once during the series. I never complained. Did you guys ever hear me complain about officiating?

“All [complaining] we did, after Game 7,” he continued. “No one complained before any game. I met with the supervisor before Game 7. You meet with the supervisor before every single game. We never complained about anything.”

Arrington then asked Oates if her could beat up Tortorella in a one-on-one situation.

“Yeah,” replied Oates, without hesitation. “Easily.”

First of all, I would take Oates in most fights. Second of all, let’s make this happen. Seven rounds, Alex Ovechkin officiating. Playoffs: The Revenge.

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