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SKA - Salavat Yulaev. Press-conference

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HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa head coach Tomi Lamsa:

- It was a tough game, a real battle against a high-quality opponent. I'm disappointed that we only claimed one point, we could have won. Unfortunately, we couldn't capitalise on our scoring opportunities.

- Salavat were slower than SKA in the second half. Why?

- I don't agree with that. SKA are one of the quickest teams in the KHL, but we coped with their speed and kept them away from our goal.

- Was this a special match because of SKA's speed and checking? Did you try to move the puck behind them?

- Yes, that was a part of our plan, it worked well. We tried to keep the puck behind the opponents' back, the rink is smaller here so it was an important factor.

- Why didn't Pavel Koledov play?

- He has an injury, we didn't want to take any risks.

- Will Mikhail Vorobyov be traded?

- I'm the coach, those questions can be answered by the management.

SKA - Salavat Yulaev. Press-conference

HC SKA head coach Valeri Bragin:

- We started poorly before playing well in the second and third periods. We showed character to recover from falling 0:2 behind. I thanked the guys after the match, they showed emotion to react to the two-goal deficit and to start playing in an active manner. This is a very important victory.

- When will you decide who your first-choice goalkeeper is?

- Nearer the start of the Gagarin Cup playoffs. Yaroslav Askarov will soon leave for the World Junior Championship, three goalkeepers will stay here. The player in the best shape will play.

- Will Yaroslav Askarov receive chances with SKA or will he be sent to the VHL?

- Yaroslav is playing in the KHL, this was his second match in a short space of time.

- Was this a special match for you? Your first game as coach was recorded on 16 November 1997.

- I don't remember that date, I didn't think about that at all. Thank you for reminding me, I'll bear that in mind.

- You pulled Mikhail Berdin after the first period. Do you believe that the first strange Salavat goal had a negative effect on him?

- We needed to change the flow of the game, so we made a goalkeeping change.

- Why were SKA off-colour in the first period?

- We will look into this. Maybe the day off had an effect. We'll analyse what happened so that it doesn't repeat itself.

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