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Patrick Thoresen: "Both teams created a lot of chances in Kazan"

Patrick ThoresenAk Bars - SKA - 061217
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Patrick Thoresen: "Both teams created a lot of chances in Kazan"

- Was this one of SKA's toughest games this season?

- First of all, this was only my second game. I think it was a little bit open today, both teams created a lot of chances and the goaltenders played well.

- SKA led 2:0 in the second period, but Ak Bars managed to equalise. What happened?

- They got their powerplay, but we got a bit lost along the boards. Ak Bars made good shots on all of their plays. They got a sniff of our lead. These things happen fast in hockey, so you always have to be ready.

- Did Oleg Znarok say anything special after the second period?

- No, we only talked about tactics and what we can do differently. Kazan played very well, so we tried to change our tactics slightly.

- Before the match, did you feel that the Olympic decision affected SKA's Russian players?

- No, I didn't feel anything different than the last game against Neftekhimik. We came here to take the win, and this is what we had to do and I'm glad that we got the points.

- Can Ak Bars make the Gagarin Cup final again?

- Yes, of course. They were missing a lot of players today, but they still played a very hard game against us. I will not be surprised if Kazan make the Gagarin Cup final again.

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