After the loss to Severstal (2-4) Moscow Dynamo forward Alexander Ovechkin put the blame for the lost game on the referees.
"It is totally unnecessary to comment on this game," quotes Ovechkin Sportbox.ru correspondent Konstantin Rumyantsev. "In my opinion, the referees had in mind only one team, Severstal. And in each of the game periods the refs would penalize us breaking our game. But Cherepovets players were great. They played well, especially in defense. Vasily Koshechkin was awesome!
Have you played before with Koshechkin ?
Yes, we played with him in the national team. This keeper is one of the best and he has proven it once more.
How does it feel to be a "magnet" for the fans who came to see you?
I think it's good for hockey in general and for the teams that are supported by so many fans. It is much more pleasant to play when the stands are packed.
What is the lockout for you, a change of your traditional way of life or the opportunity to play at home?
That and this. To play at home for the home club and the home fans, it's worth a lot for me! Such an opportunity could happen once in a lifetime.
Have you got used to large rinks?
Yes. Of course, at first it was hard, but now it has been more than 20 games. I feel much better, but this is very different hockey than overseas.
In October Dynamo has been successful, but now playing on the road doesn't look very good. What happened?
I don't want to talk about it, but you just can't referee the way it was in this game. And what was a penalty shot for? I do not understand. Giving a penalty shot for the high stick is a children's hockey.
In one of the sports media sites there was a prediction for the fight between Gimbatov and Ovechkin. Were you expecting something like that?
But why? We're playing hockey, not arranging fights! I go out on the ice to score, but fighting is not my job.
A fight between Dinamo Riga enforcer Raitis Ivanans and Cherepovets Severstal player Pakhrudin Gimbatov on October 7, 2012.