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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Sportsnet: Are you ready to turn playoff lessons into playoff wins?

Dave Tippett: Well, you’re learning hard lessons. And those are lessons that usually sink in a little easier.

We’ve taken some steps forward in the regular season, but it hasn’t translated into playoff success. That’s something that we have to own. To build your team not to just be a good regular season team, but how are you going to play in the playoffs?

Those are things you learn as you learn these hard lessons.

Tippet: There are changes you have to make in the playoffs. Some of it is the reffing. Teams tighten up. Players like Connor and Leon get focused on hard. You have to be able to win without (many) power plays; we’ve got to be able to win games as a team.

We have a saying we use all the time: Every play counts. Well, you look at (the Winnipeg series) … it might be a puck that should have got out, or maybe a lost faceoff. It turns out, that’s the difference in the game. So the more adept you are at dealing with the ‘Every play counts,’ the better percentage your chances are of winning (in the playoffs).

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