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Oleg Znarok: "Our powerplay is letting us down"

20.09.2016

After the World Cup of Hockey match against North America, Russian national team head coach Oleg Znarok took questions from the media:

- What did you say after the first period?

- This will remain a secret. I would like to thank the whole of our country for watching the game instead of sleeping. We can feel the support.

- Did you have any doubt concerning Sergei Bobrovsky's participation?

- No, we stuck to our plan. Bob played a simply amazing match.

- Nikita Kucherov was full of emotion today. Did this help?

- Andrei Markov was pumped too. We managed to calm them down a bit.

- The next match will be against Finland.

- It's a very important match for us, we're preparing for it. We need to improve our game on the powerplay, it's letting us down. We've got two days.

- Were your tactics to defend throughout the whole third period?

- No, we told the players to still attack and create chances.

- Vladislav Namestnikov's goal seemed to wake the team up.

- He scored it just at the right time.

- Is this the team's maximum?

- No, we have huge reserves, especially in attack. 

Russian Ice Hockey Federation 

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