Game three of the Gagarin Cup final brought the action back to Moscow – and CSKA enjoyed its first victory on home ice to close the gap on Ak Bars in the series. Here’s what the players thought about it.
Mat Robinson, CSKA defenseman
“It’s hard to compare this with the previous games because I didn’t play in them. CSKA played well, we showed the kind of character we haveto come from behind. We didn’t get many chances on the power play and one of those we threw away when we took a penalty ourselves.
“We had a lot of shots, but it was hard to score goals. We’ll keep working on that. The home crowd really lifts us, they drove us forward today. The hardest thing was to recover from 2-1 down.”
Vladimir Tkachyov, Ak Bars forward
“The winning goal was one of those things. It happens. It’s not great, but you can’t blame anyone. We need to be better at converting our chances. We hit the bar in overtime, that was the difference.
“CSKA is strong on defense, they started the game well with good pressure and decent movement. We recovered and maybe were a little bit unlucky in the end.”
Greg Scott, CSKA forward
“This was a really big game, and the team showed unbelievable character. I’ve got to respect all the guys. We showed guts, we all worked for a single goal. That’s how we won it.
“It’s a relief to score more than one goal in a game. In the playoffs, during each series you always need to adapt, to work on all aspects of your game. We’re thinking about every single match-up.”
Anton Lander, Ak Bars forward
“It was another even game, like the two we played in Kazan. It was a tought battle, but CSKA came out on top this time. We need to keep working. CSKA were much more aggressive on offense, they had more shots. We need to find better shooting lanes and create more threat around the net. Both sides worked hard today, but the luck went to Moscow.”
Kirill Kaprizov, CSKA forward on his return to the team after injury
“I’m feeling fine. And, like I’ve said many times before, I’m not the only player on this team! The main thing to take from today’s game is that we won it. It doesn’t matter how we get the result, this is the playoffs, it doesn’t matter how you win.”