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SKA - CSKA. Game six. Press-conference

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HC CSKA Moscow head coach Igor Nikitin:

- Why didn't Nikita Soshnikov and John Gilmour play today?

- We used our foreign attacking players today. We needed a forward to compete on the penalty kill today, so we chose Andrei Loktionov.

- How did you calm your players down after the previous match?

- We simply made sure that they were focused for this game. In comparison to the previous matches, we were better when it came to the small details. After going 3-0 up in the series, it was tough to make the guys listen to what we had to say, we lost concentration in defence. SKA had an advantage because they won the neutral pucks.

- SKA didn't score once on the powerplay in this series.

- Dmitry Yushkevich is the coach who is responsible for our penalty kill. We worked on our tactics.

- There is an opinion that CSKA used up their energy in the series with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

- Yes, we can't get away from that fact. There are two factors: seven matches with Lokomotiv and a 3-0 series advantage against SKA. We have to give credit to SKA, they showed character, quality and a desire to win.

SKA - CSKA. Game six. Press-conference

HC SKA head coach Valeri Bragin:

- First of all, I would like to thank our fans, they offered us fantastic support. They supported us through the good and tough times. Hopefully, SKA will make them more happy in the future. Today's game depended on the first goal. We did have chances, but we couldn't take advantage of them. I congratulate CSKA with their qualification.

- Why didn't you make changes to the line-up? Energy doesn't last forever.

- CSKA have more experience of playing in such situations. Of course, the last two matches took a lot of emotions from us, but I wouldn't say that we played badly today. Both teams had chances during the first two periods, and in the third they protected the score.

- SKA didn't score once on the powerplay during this series.

- If our powerplay would have worked, things would have been easier for us.

- Are you satisfied with your goalkeepers' performances in this series?

- We need to analyse what happened. Magnus Hellberg had a solid series, and Alexander Samonov was good as well. I wouldn't say that we had a problem with our goaltenders.

- Did this young team achieve more than you expected?

- It was a good season for our young players, they received a great experience. Hopefully, they will become stronger and more confident in the future.

- Will SKA persuade Vasily Podkolzin to sign a new contract?

- I'm not prepared to answer that yet.

- Did Magnus Hellberg make his first mistake in the second period because of the tension?

- Mistakes happen. We needed to score goals. If you don't score, you're not going to win.

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