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Marat Khairullin: "I knew that the puck had crossed the line for my goal"

CSKAInterviewMarat KhairullinCSKA - SKA - 031022
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HC SKA forward Marat Khairullin:

- For the equalising goal, did you immediately notice that the puck had crossed the line?

- Yes, I could tell by the sound that the puck had hit the inside of the netting instead of the crossbar.

- You saved the team from defeat in a match which wasn't going your way.

- I agree that we played poorly during the first two periods. However, the goal at the end of the second stanza gave us positive emotions.

- Why didn't SKA play particularly well today? Was it because CSKA produced a strong performance?

- They've suffered a few defeats recently, so maybe this is why they were so pumped up. Te main thing is that we recovered to equalise and subsequently win.

- You recently became an assistant captain. Are you prepared to become the team captain?

- We already have a great captain. All of us can take a leading role at any moment.

Marat Khairullin: "I knew that the puck had crossed the line for my goal"

- Why did SKA take so many penalties today? CSKA scored twice on the powerplay.

- We couldn't keep up with them. Our discipline needs to improve, you can't afford to take a lot of penalties when playing against such a quality team like CSKA.

- You are one of the KHL's leading scorers with nine goals. Are you keeping an eye on the scoring charts?

- Yes, I have a Telegram account where I read statistics. Nevertheless, taking into account that we have so many matches at the moment, I'm trying not to pay attention to things like that. We have to be focused on each individual game.

- Do you like playing in one line with Mikhail Vorobyov?

- Yes. We put together some interesting passing plays today, hopefully we will continue playing in one line.

- At training, have you worked on pulling the goalkeeper in overtime?

- No, not yet.

- In previous overtimes against Severstal Cherepovets and Dynamo Moscow, SKA barely had possession of the puck.

- CSKA had possession in overtime today because they won the first faceoff draw. After that, they pulled their goaltender and got set up inside our zone.

- Did you bear in mind that CSKA were going to swap their goalkeeper for the extra skater in overtime?

- Of course. As soon as they pulled the goaltender, our fast players who compete on the penalty kill joined the action. We expected CSKA to pull the goalkeeper.

- This is your maiden season as a SKA player. Did you feel the importance of playing against CSKA?

- I always watched games between SKA and CSKA when I played for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Everyone knows that this is a huge rivalry, it's always vital to win against them.

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