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SKA - CSKA. Game three. Press-conference

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HC CSKA Moscow head coach Igor Nikitin:

- What did you say in the dressing room after a disappointing first period?

- We asked the guys to compete with more concentration.

- Why did you put Mario Kempe in the same line with Sergei Andronov and Pavel Karnaukhov?

- Mario played because he didn't participate in the previous two games. We need to keep the guys in shape.

- For the first time in this series, the team which scored first didn't win.

- The journalists have created this situation about the importance of the first goal. During the campaign, we have come from behind to win on several occasions. This is normal for a good team.

- You were one of CSKA's coaches when your team lost to SKA in 2015 after leading the series 3-0. What lessons did you learn?

- You always need to learn in life. The players know what happened.

SKA - CSKA. Game three. Press-conference

HC SKA head coach Valeri Bragin:

- We managed to score twice today, and we had many good opportunities. We will look into why the opponents scored three times during the start of the second period. CSKA managed to protect their advantage. Nevertheless, I would like to thank our fans, they offered our players great support.

- Are you afraid that this defeat will ruin your players psychologically in this series?

- We have to improve on special teams. Psychology? In the past, SKA managed to come back from 0-3 down in a series against CSKA. In such situations, you see what character a team has.

- Will you show the players footage of the 2015 series?

- That is a topic for us within the team.

- Did you pull the goalkeeper for the extra skater too early?

- No, I don't think so. We made a mistake when in possession.

- What went wrong in the second period?

- We need to analyse what happened and speak with the guys.

- SKA are making mistakes when trying to exit the defensive zone through the middle.

- Everything depends on the individual situation. We made a technical error for CSKA's first goal, but overall we looked fine in that regard.

- SKA only crashed the net in the third period. Why didn't you do that earlier?

- We were aggressive throughout the match, except for seven minutes in the second stanza.

- Lokomotiv Yaroslavl managed to beat CSKA three times. Why can't SKA do that?

- I haven't thought about Lokomotiv, we're focused on our own game.

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