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Kunlun Red Star - SKA. Press-conference

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HC SKA press-service

HC SKA head coach Valeri Bragin:

- Overall, we played well during the first two periods, but our mistakes resulted in conceded goals. We had a great third period, competing with aggression and shooting the puck a lot. This is why our goals arrived and we won.

- Is Malte Stromwall displaying the level of ice hockey which you want to see?

- We want him to crash the net even harder. In terms of aggression and his shooting, Malte is moving towards his optimal level.

- Aren't you tired of constantly seeing your assistant coaches change?

- I know Alexander Titov from the national team. Andrei Kozyrev is staying in our system.

- Did you give your leading players a rest today?

- Yes.

- Will you field your optimal line-up in the upcoming matches?

- I think that our line-up will be close to the optimal one.

Kunlun Red Star - SKA. Press-conference

- What will your work on ahead of the Gagarin Cup playoffs?

- Over all ice hockey elements.

HC Kunlun Red Star Beijing head coach Alexei Kovalyov:

- We played well during the first two periods, but then our players switched to an individual approach instead of continuing to play a team game. We are always telling them that they have to play for the full 60 minutes.

- Did you relax when receiving a chance to play 5-on-3 at the end of the second period?

- We knew that the opponents would take risks. Our hands seemed to be shaking, we made poor passes during that two-man advantage. You cannot play a 5-on-3 powerplay like that. After that, we simply tried to not concede any goals.

- Are Kunlun lacking a winner's mentality?

- I think that we have that mentality, but we've found this campaign tough after not having any pre-season training camps. The players' heads are already at home right now. Of course, we're trying to motivate them, but it's not easy.

- What was your plan for the third period when 3:0 up?

- We wanted to continue playing in the same manner as in the first 40 minutes. Everything was going to plan.

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