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Coach John Tortorella says New York Rangers were slow in the series

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Everyone who has ever dealt with Rangers coach John Tortorella or watched him on TV knows he’s an ornery guy.

He can be short tempered, sarcastic, glib, and potty mouthed.

But after the Bruins’ 3-1 victory Saturday night at TD Garden that eliminated the Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in five games, Tortorella displayed another side — the philosophical one.

“I thought we were slow in the series as far as [the Bruins are] a totally different team than Washington,’’ said Tortorella. “I don’t think we got to the level we needed to. I think [Boston] is a deeper team than we are so we needed to play at a different level.”

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