“Without the goalkeeper, Torpedo would have left St. Petersburg with two defeats” – Krikunov

Honored coach of Russia Vladimir Krikunov noted the role of the goalkeeper of the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo Ivan Kulbakova in the development of the playoff series of the first round of the Fonbet KHL Championship against SKA.

After two matches in St. Petersburg in a series of up to four victories, the tie is 1: 1. The third match will take place on March 5 in Nizhny Novgorod.

— In the second match in a row, SKA players have to win back, perhaps the excessive desire to score first plays a cruel joke on the team.

Before the start of the playoffs, it seemed that Torpedo, after seven consecutive defeats, was not in the best form, but, as the first matches showed, this was not the case. The Nizhny Novgorod team systematically prepared for the playoffs. And after last year’s failure in the series against SKA, the Torpedo players were eager to give battle to SKA – they succeeded in the first match. True, I can say that without the Torpedo goalkeeper, Igor Larionov’s team would have left St. Petersburg, like a year ago, with two defeats, ”Krikunov said at the Championship.

Watch live broadcasts of Fonbet matches of the KHL championship on the Match! group channels, matchtv.ru and sportbox.ru sites.


Source : MatchTV

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