NHL playoffs 2017: Penguins not Capitals feeling heat as teams head to Game 7

When the Capitals fell behind the Penguins three games to one in their NHL playoff second-round series, it seemed as though history was about to repeat. Another Presidents’ Trophy regular season, another second-round exit.

Two wins in elimination games later, and the Capitals have pushed all of that pressure back onto the Penguins. No longer is Washington trying to avoid embarrassment; now Pittsburgh is.

Barroway added that the search to replace Tippett will begin immediately.

After some thoughtful discussions with Andy, we both agreed that it was best for me to move on, Tippett said in a statement through the team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Coyotes and wish Andy and the entire organization all the best in the future.

There have been numerous reports of discord in the Coyotes front office predating the hire of 27-year-old John Chayka, the youngest general manager in NHL history.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Thursday that there was lots of friction and tension within the organization, namely between Tippett and Barroway.

Tippett, 55, is old-fashioned in his coaching philosophy, which flew in the face of Chayka and Barroway’s strategy to rebuild a young roster.

In his eight seasons with the Coyotes, Tippett went 282-257-83, including the franchise’s only first-place finish and a Western Conference finals berth in 2011-12. But the Coyotes have missed the playoffs in five consecutive seasons since that run and had begun the process of getting rid of veterans like Doan in favor of more youthful talent.

Arizona Sports reported Tippett did not agree with the departures of Doan and starting goalie Mike Smith, who was traded to the Flames last week.

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