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Nizhniy Novgorod a Torpedo is best team KHL in 2009

Even despite house defeat Nizhniy Novgorod a Torpedo from Riga the Dynamo (in 52 - m round of championship KHL avtozavodtsy have lost to hockey players of Latvia in an overtime with the account 4:5), as a whole the seven-week piece of the tournament which has dropped out for January - February, Evgenie Popihina`s wards have passed better other commands.

In fourteen matches of 2009 a Torpedo has missed only nine points, other commands of loss for the seven-week period have more. This fact of one fans of hockey has strongly surprised, others - admirers of an autofactory command - has pleased. That was an incitement for New Year`s jerk a Torpedo the correspondent talks to the head coach of a command Evgenie Popihinym.

: That prevented to show to a command from the season beginning the same hockey what we see performed by a Torpedo today?

Evgenie Popihin: First of all - traumas of leading hockey players. In an infirmary constantly were from five to eight players of a basis. The second reason - a miss with the goalkeeper, Mika Noronen did not become the goalkeeper number one.

In this difficult for a command the moment children have not lowered a hand, worked and trusted in success. Even then, when hearings have gone that me will clean from a post of the head coach. Then I have felt a support in children. The match with " became acknowledgement to it; Ak the Leopard when on ice there were eight persons with high temperature. We battled then to citizens of Kazan as equals and have conceded only one washer.

Later when have recovered injured and patients when the structure was optimised, absolutely other game has gone. After all the calendar such dense that failure only three - four hockey players to any command breaks game - for successful performance in KHL it is necessary to have four efficient links necessarily.

RG: you have accepted a Torpedo one year ago, the command was in to the bottom dead point . It was believed then, what will be possible to rise to 10 - go places?

Popihin: Certainly. I from the very beginning believed that the command will rise. And the more worked with children, the this confidence became stronger. A huge role in it the governor of the Nizhniy Novgorod region Valery Shantsev has played also. It has given chance, has told work also has provided with support. He, of course, also asks strictly, sometimes rigidly. But the inattention of the authorities to a command with rich hockey history is better so, than.

And we were got : The governor wants to see a hot team in a city, players too want to show good hockey, at all children quite healthy ambitions. And the main thing - in a command is now mutual understanding, friendship, children have believed in the forces and in each match fight up to the end, do not lower a hand in any situation.

When such game has gone, at me does not remain doubts that a command sooner or later will shoot - and here result. And even it is good that I have come in a Torpedo when it took last place in the Superleague: there was time on raskatku, on search of optimum combinations of structure.

RG: whether There is no problem to rise in standings to the eighth place that on a stage plej - off to get advantage of the platform?

Popihin: In the regular championship it is necessary to play four matches, in each of them we will fight only for a victory. Tournament practice shows that invincible commands are not present, therefore we will not exclude possibility of lifting and to the eighth place.