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Valeri Bragin and Vladislav Tsitsyura speak after beating Salavat Yulaev in Ufa

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HC SKA head coach Valeri Bragin:

- It was a good match from our point of view. The team worked well throughout the entire 60 minutes in all aspects of the game, we were solid in defence, attack and on special teams. This why we won.

- Despite being in the line-up, Mikhail Vorobyov didn't appear on the ice.

- He didn't feel well ahead of the game.

- In comparison to the match against these opponents in Saint Petersburg, what did SKA do differently?

- When we played Salavat Yulaev at home, our physical condition wasn't optimal. The players are in good shape now, this was a decisive factor.

- Taking into account that game against Salavat on home ice, did you have extra motivation today?

- We play to win every match. From the very first shift today, it was clear that we were ready to compete hard. We played this way throughout the full game.

Valeri Bragin and Vladislav Tsitsyura speak after beating Salavat Yulaev in Ufa

- The goalkeepers played a vital role.

- Lars Johansson was reliable in our net. However, I can't speak about their goaltender.

HC SKA forward Vladislav Tsitsyura:

- As our head coach said, it was a good game. We were a united team, and we started well in the first period. As a result of our bench being next to the Salavat zone in the second stanza, we didn't play as well, but we subsequently played effectively in the third. It's great that we scored two more goals and didn't concede any. Of course, Lars Johansson played a large role in our victory, he kept us in the game in the tough moments and gave us confidence. It's a fair result.

- As a consequence of Vorobyov's absence, you were moved up to the third line.

- Even though I am regularly included in the squad as the 13th forward, I often receive a lot of ice time. I prepared for the match as normal. Mikhail was out of the team after feeling unwell, so the coaches told me that I need to take his place.

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