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SKA - CSKA. Press-conference

Press-conferenceValeri BraginSKA - CSKA - 221221
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HC SKA head coach Valeri Bragin:

- This is an excellent victory for us. We had an advantage during the first two periods, but we allowed CSKA back into the game in the third by conceding a poor goal. The main thing is that we won to mark this celebratory day for SKA and Russian ice hockey as a whole. We really felt the fans' support when the score was 2:2!

- How did Pavel Karnaukhov manage to carve your defence open like he did for their equaliser?

- CSKA caught us during a shift change there.

- What was your approach for overtime? CSKA often like to swap their goaltender for the extra skater.

- We wanted to protect the puck, and this is something which we managed to achieve.

- Why didn't you make any changes to the line-up after beating Spartak Moscow on Monday?

- We are happy with this line-up at the moment.

SKA - CSKA. Press-conference

HC CSKA Moscow head coach Sergei Fyodorov:

- I congratulate SKA with their victory. Unfortunately, the first two periods didn't go to plan. Nevertheless, I am thankful to the guys for playing at their level in the third frame, they showed what they are capable of. We failed at keeping SKA off the board in overtime. There are plenty of things to work on, we will analyse what happened.

- Do you always plan to play 4-on-3 without a goaltender during overtime?

- We have plans for playing either with or without a goalkeeper in the extra frame. To be honest, we don't really work on this during our training sessions. In overtime, the players play as they see fit. When we play 4-on-3 in overtime, we need to control the puck, compete in a simple manner and create scoring opportunities. It is exactly the same as having a regular powerplay.

- Today is Russian ice hockey's 75th anniversary. Did you speak about this within the team?

- The guys knew about this celebration. It didn't affect our approach, though, and we competed against a very talented team today. We wanted to achieve more.

- NHL players will not participate in the 2022 Olympic Games. Did you think about that during today's game?

- I was focused on the match. If we speak about the NHL, it's tough to make a comment, they made this decision. Following the Euro Hockey Tour in Moscow, we have an idea concerning which players we want to see at the Olympics. I wish all of our players health so that they will be able to participate at the tournament.

- As a professional, are you disappointed that it won't be a best-on-best competition?

- Of course, it will be a different tournament as a direct consequence of NHL players not being there. However, the players who will be at the Olympics will try their best to win and show their quality. As far as I know, the rink size there will be Canadian. Taking into account what we saw at the Channel One Cup last week, I think that it will be an interesting competition for the fans.

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