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Nikita Zorkin and Dmitry Zavgorodniy speak about the match against Barys

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SKA defenseman Nikita Zorkin:

- Yes, we endured a poor start, but we knew how to make a comeback after doing the same against Ak Bars and Sibir. However, we couldn't win in the penalty shootout.

- Are you satisfied with this road trip?

- I think that we have achieved a positive result, you don't always gain 50% of the available points when playing in the Far East. We have a young team full of players who haven't competed in these games before.

- How do you feel physically?

- Everyone had enough energy today.

- You played in front of empty stands here in Kazakhstan.

- We were only focused on our own performance.

- In the second and third periods, did you feel that Barys were lacking energy?

- They weren't as aggressive, that helped us equalise. When you don't play for such a long time, it's difficult to play when returning.

Nikita Zorkin and Dmitry Zavgorodniy speak about the match against Barys

SKA forward Dmitry Zavgorodniy:

- It was a good match, it was competitive until the end. In the opening stages, we struggled to compete well, but we subsequently improved and put up a good fight. All of our guys did a good job.

- You already have three points in four matches.

- We are sticking to the coaches' game plan. I have played in Europe before, so this is not something new for me. However, at the same time, I don't feel that I have fully adapted to European ice hockey yet. We will work on fixing our mistakes for future games.

- Did you feel tired in this match after such a long, difficult road trip?

- It was a tough trip, but I don't want to make excuses. All of us were ready.

- How did you feel competing inside an empty stadium?

- We were playing on the road, so that probably worked in our favour. Yes, it was a bit strange and it was as if we were training, but we felt fine.

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