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Yegor Yakovlev: "Everyone was waiting for this final"

Open trainingPlayoffsGagarin CupYegor Yakovlev
HC SKA press-service

- How does the team feel before the KHL Gagarin Cup final?

- We're ready to fight. We had a few days off but have been working hard too.

- Have you analysed how Metallurg Magnitogorsk compete on the powerplay?

- No, but we will. We will prepare as we always do.

- You came through Magnitogorsk's ice hockey system. Will it be nice playing there?

- Of course. It's great that I will play at home.

- What are you expecting from this series?

- Metallurg are a good team. They have a lot of players which can decide matches and create chances. I think that it will be an interesting series, a lot of people were waiting for this final.

- You missed two matches against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

- I had a rest and now I'm ready to play.

- Have you spoken about Metallurg's top players?

- We will have that conversation tomorrow.

Yegor Yakovlev: "Everyone was waiting for this final"

- SKA and Metallurg have lost only one game each on their road to the final. Does this show that the level of competition in the KHL is decreasing?

- No, I wouldn't say that. Our series with Lokomotiv could have gone either way, the 4:0 scoreline doesn't reflect what happened on the ice.

- Your team have struggled in the first game of each series. What has been done in order to change that tradition?

- Some things have been changed. We always find it difficult playing after a long break. Hopefully, this time the first match will be different.

- There might been a chance to shorten the break.

- I didn't know about that. Probably, it would have been better to start the final series a bit earlier.

- Is it better to start a series at home or on the road?

- There are positive and negative points.

- The NHL have decided not to compete at the 2018 Olympic Games. What are your thoughts on that?

- I try not to read the press, I am concentrated on our matches.

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