Postgame press conference. Neftekhimik vs Traktor

Vladimir Yurzinov and Vyacheslav Butsayev addressed the media after the game in Nizhnekamsk.


"We expected Neftekhimik to be active in the first period. Despite we were prepared for that, we allowed a goal. The second period is our sticking point. We always look for moments but we make silly mistakes. In the third period we came back to the game again and the team battled till the vey end. We pulled the goalie and got an empty net goal. But on these pozitive third period emotions we need to fix the mistakes of the second period, we need to keep battling in the next games," - stated Vladimir Yurzinov, the head coach of the Traktor Chelyabinsk.

"First of all I would like to congratulate fans and guys on this win. Today we played against an uneasy opponent. The team played confidenly and interesting in last games. They are a fast team. That`s why we got ready accordingly. We had a 1-0 lead, we had moments. Then we somehow lost concentration and we got punished for that. It is good that we managed to stand up to the opponent in the second period on the penalty kill. We had four minutes there. Then we got a 5-on-3 powerplay and converted it. In the third period we again made the mistakes we shouldn`t make. And that`s why the third goal. In general, it was an interesting game with lost of goals. But, you know, goals happen due to mistakes. I would like there to be fewer mistakes," said Vyacheslav Butsayev, the head coach of the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

Vyacheslav, what was the reason for such major changes on the lines?

We have players on IRL, there are Poryadin and Murphy among those guys.

Vladimir, the team is the last in the Eastern Conference. Is there still a goal to make the playoffs?

There is a goal to make the playoffs. We try to win every game. There are some moments, good games, when we play all 60 minutes. Unfortunately, we fail sometimes. Of course we need to improve discipline and we need to play more confidently. We need to make fewer mistakes. 

Vladimir, Are you satisfied with Shcherbak`s play?

It`s hard to tell. It`s hard to evaluate anyone now. We need to win, then the players can be rated. For the date, the best players are on the ice. We lay responsibility on the, they have to try to do what we tell for all 60 minutes. 

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