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Former coach of the Russian national team Vyacheslav Bykov congratulated CSKA on the victory in the Gagarin Cup

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Vyacheslav Bykov

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CSKA did a great job in the Gagarin Cup final against Metallurg and proved with their victory in the playoffs that they are capable of a lot. This was stated by the former coach of the Russian national hockey team Vyacheslav Bykov to RBC Sport.

“I believed in my friend Sergei Fedorov, with whom I played and worked together, in his talent and in the team. I, like many others, supported the team from afar. Therefore, it is important to believe that the team is capable. Our role is support from afar. I would like to congratulate the CSKA team and all the fans on the Gagarin Cup,” said Bykov.

He noted that now it is impossible to talk about what result the team would have shown without a change in the coaching staff, but added that if the club won, “it means that everything was done correctly.”

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CSKA Moscow defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4-1 away in the decisive match of the final series of the KHL playoffs and won the Gagarin Cup.

As part of the winners, goals were scored by Pavel Karnaukhov (9th minute), Alexander Popov (10), Konstantin Okulov (37) and Vladislav Kamenev (57). The losers scored Philippe Maillet (40).

The army team won the best-of-four series 4-3. At the same time, they were inferior 1:3, but in the end they won three matches in a row.

CSKA played in the Gagarin Cup final for the fifth time, winning their second trophy (2019, 2022). CSKA and Metallurg have already met in the Gagarin Cup final in 2016. Then the team from Magnitogorsk turned out to be stronger – 4:3. In total, Metallurg won the KHL championship twice, the first time the team won the Gagarin Cup in 2014.

CSKA head coach, three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings, Sergei Fedorov spent his debut season in hockey in this position, immediately becoming the champion of the KHL.

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