HC SKA head coach Oleg Znarok:
- It was a very difficult game for us. Neftekhimik have a really good team which plays fast and is well prepared. In all three periods, they skated with real character. We had chances in the first and second periods, but luck was on our side in the third.
- Patrick Thoresen made his first appearance since signing for SKA.
- He needs time, because Patrick isn't in perfect shape at the moment. Hopefully, he will gain top form and will help the team.
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk head coach Andrei Nazarov:
- I want to congratulate my colleague with his victory. It was an interesting game, we were leading and we could have taken points. However, SKA's quality took its toll. They put the pressure on us.