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Sergei Kalinin: "Our task is to qualify for the KHL final"

CSKAPlayoffsSergei Kalinin
HC SKA press-service

- It was a long training session today.

- We were working. Our powerplay wasn't great in the second round, we worked hard on improving it. We'll continue preparing.

- Is this a special series with CSKA Moscow?

- We simply need to win. It's not important for me if the opponents are CSKA, Lokomotiv or a different team. We need to show our best ice hockey, be a united group and qualify for the next round.

- Did you watch the record overtime match between CSKA and Jokerit?

- We were surprised that their match went on until the middle of the night. I have played 109 minutes in one game, so I know what it's like. The jerseys probably weigh 20 kg after that. Mentally, it's hard to play when you know one mistake will decide the outcome. There aren't many chances to score.

- Are you ready for plenty of overtime periods?

- We should be ready for anything. Everyone is a professional. Teams play differently in the playoffs.

- CSKA have plenty of familiar players from the 2018 Olympic Games.

- There are no friends on the ice. The Olympic Games are in the past. Our task is to qualify for the final, we aren't thinking about who our opponents are.

- You trained with Jarno Koskiranta and Ilya Kovalchuk.

- I don't know who we will train with tomorrow. You need to ask the coaches about that. They will choose the line-up depending on our performances in training.

Sergei Kalinin: "Our task is to qualify for the KHL final"

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