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Tortorella says emotional Game 7 win over Caps left Rangers mentally unready to face Bruins

  • As Boston Bruins fans celebrate as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, skates down ice after losing 3-1 to the Boston Bruins, eliminating the Rangers from the NHL playoffs, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    As Boston Bruins fans celebrate as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, skates down ice after losing 3-1 to the Boston Bruins, eliminating the Rangers from the NHL playoffs, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) gives New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) a pat on the chest after the Bruins eliminated the Rangers with a 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, May 25, 2013. At left is Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) gives New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) a pat on the chest after the Bruins eliminated the Rangers with a 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, May 25, 2013. At left is Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella, top, calls to his players late in the third period while facing the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella, top, calls to his players late in the third period while facing the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

It seems the New York Rangers' first-round playoff win over the Washington Capitals took a lot more out them than it appeared.

The toll was more mental than physical.

The Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit in the opening round and advanced with back-to-back shutout wins in the final two contests — culminating with a 5-0 rout in Game 7.

But when the time came to take on the Boston Bruins just three days later, the Rangers weren't ready. Boston outlasted Toronto in seven games in the first round, and then got the jump on New York by winning the first three games of that matchup.