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Evgeni Malkin interview after Penguins’ elimination game, playoffs 2019 (in Russian, with subs)

August 16, 2019


The responsibility is on us, on the forwards, on me, on the power play There were chances, too […] We had 8 minutes on the power play, we were obligated to score there It’s our responsibility. We’ve failed on it. ..So all the blame is on us. If I’ll be called in, of course I will go, there’s no injuries You want to play still, of course. I have not played for the national team for a long time, so.. I will wait for the call, I don’t know, we’ll see Scroll to 0:50 Well, again, yes, the game was pretty even To give credit, (their) team played well, prepared well Maybe they best us in the system It was very hard to play in their zone. Constant pressure. Someone sat on your shoulders all the time. Well, again, maybe they had a little bit more desire You could see how they wanted to win. Although our team played very well today too, and in the first game we played very well It’s just a little bit, that was lacking for us. The game could’ve turned in any direction. Like, win the first game in overtime, everything could be different [Zhenya, why, in general, team scored only one goal in each of the last three games? Well, I understand that Islanders don’t give up much, but nonetheless] Well, yeah, we understood, that game will be like this And we understood, that we are playing against the team, that gave up the least amount of the goals in the league during the whole season And so, we were preparing for such game. We understood, that there will not be many goals But nevertheless, of course the responsibility is on us, on the forwards, on me, on the power play There were chances, too […] We had 8 minutes on the power play, we were obligated to score there It’s our responsibility. We’ve failed on it. ..So all the blame is on us. [Zhenya, today were such moments on the power play, and empty net, and they blocked shots, it hit the goalie. What’s that something that was missing today?] Well, to say luck, would be probably silly, too. To lose 4 games in a row, it’s too..you can’t blame everything on luck. So, I don’t know. But moments like this can be deciding in the playoffs. One post sometimes can decide the outcome of the series, so.. ..Maybe we didn’t concentrate enough in some moments, I don’t know.
But again, this is playoffs. They were blocking shots When a player throws himself in your direction, when you’re shooting the puck, it’s hard to do something He can block it with any part of the body, so..And with posts, it happens to everyone. I can’t say that we were beating down on posts We only had one post tonight, so you can’t say that we were just unlucky here, too Just one post, the rest, there were many moments when they blocked shots and the goalie played well, in general [How unexpected this playoffs have been, in general? Look, Tampa won 62 games and lost 4 in a row, though they haven’t lost 4 in a row in a six months prior In principle, you were considered favorites, despite the fact that you’re only 3rd and not 2nd in the division. However, both teams are 0-8. What it says about?] What it says, that it is hard to win the Stanley Cup, much so. It says, that all teams are equal. It says, that everyone has a great desire to win It says, that before the playoffs, everything starts from zero. There are no favorites, no.. Somewhere, again, going by the statistics, experts give some teams preferences And in fact, as we see, any team can beat any team. [In the West, see, Calgary is losing 2-1, also to the eighth team] Yeah, any…Here too, Washington lost a game 5-0, you can also say it was a bit of a surprise Therefore, you have to get into the playoffs from year to year, and try to prove. And any team can, like, I don’t know, be well prepared. It’s a long season, too. Some teams have more injuries, some have less, some coming into the playoffs fresher. Tampa made good trades, but couldn’t find their game, for like.. [Columbus] Columbus, that it, yes They couldn’t, like, find their game. But in the end, in like three last games, they played very well. And with this confidence..no pressure [That may be the biggest surprise in the last 20 years] Maybe they didn’t feel any pressure, the coach tuned in well emotionally, the guys did a very good job. And when the team wins all the time, there’s probably some kind of relaxation there too. [Zhenya, what are your plans for the summer, will you go to the Worlds, or you haven’t thought about it yet?] Well, really, if.. [You haven’t had such a long summer in a long time] Yeah, probably the last 4 or so years, there was no such a thing, even more If I’ll be called in, of course I will go, there’s no injuries. You want to play still, of course. I have not played for the national team for a long time, so..I will wait for the call, I don’t know, we’ll see [How is your state of health in general? You didn’t have a very good season, but personally you, what wasn’t enough?] Well, you have to work even more. What else, that’s the one thing. You cannot relax. I invited a trainer from America (last offseason), with whom we worked together with the team Everything was fine the first, like, 10 games, then small injuries began again, which brings down Then again, age, there’s too, you must work even harder, you cannot relax. [You’re still young] There a lot of young people in the league, so..I don’t know..We’ll rest, we’ll work, what else you can do. I will not finish my career yet, that’s for sure. [To say in two words, what is the huge difference between ’16 and ’17 when you won, and today. On paper team doesn’t look worse] Well, what’s the difference? Maybe then.. I don’t know, the new coach came, he changed the system. We were…it seem to me, the team was running faster We were a bit more, like, enthusiastic, hungrier, you can say. I don’t know, there turned out good lines. He, Sullivan, put together good trios, all 4 lines were playing very well. But again, there was some kind of confidence that we had. We won the first round, then the second, passed Washington And already some kind of confidence grew with us, the feeling.. And here, from the first game- we lost the first game, we lost the second. Of course it pressures a little and.. [Like, if you would have won the first couple of games, maybe things would went differenatly] Yes, of course. Maybe we could not overcome. And with each game we alredy understood that tere’s more and more responsability lies on you But again, this from year to year, we can’t say what we didn’t have enough..Somewhere, maybe we had luck in ’16 ’17. Somewhere, maybe we played better. It all depends on us, after all. We have the same system. It hasn’t been changed much, same players, you can say, the system is the same Well, the teams adapt to us, maybe they have already studied us, we need to change something [Zhenya, who do you think will win the Cup, if you did some prediction now? Or who will be in the final, at least] Well, Tampa is out. To be honest, already…Well Islanders are very strong. I think that Washington and Islanders could be very interesting series [And Columbus?] Columbus.. [On the rise] Columbus too. Again, I can’t even guess I thought San Jose are the favorites now, but they’re also losing too, so even.. Well, I think, Vegas, to be honest, can [MAF in the final again] Yes, maybe Vegas will get to the final again. And from here, well, I won’t be surprised if it the Islanders or Columbus too. [Thank you, Zhen’]

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