With President Putin reportedly in attendance, Twitter’s reaction to the loss quickly turned to him (let the memes reign!).
[Update 10:50 a.m.] Though the photo that burned up Twitter may have been an old one.
The Internet is nothing if not helpful, so here’s one suggestion for how Russia might fix its hockey mediocrity.
But it wasn’t just the Russian president who wasn’t taking the result very well.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was a man of few words after the game.
And sometimes, words just aren’t needed to tell the story.
D.C. Sports Bog reports that NBC analysts Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury weren’t particularly kind to Ovechkin when analyzing how much of the loss is the Caps’ winger’s responsibility.
“It’s a lot, especially after the things that he said before the tournament about having the pressure and liking the pressure and having all eyes on him,” Roenick said. “After that first minute [of the first game], I saw nothing from Alex Ovechkin. I actually saw a lot of misplays, a lot of miscues with the puck, missed shots, a lot of not digging in the corners. And Alex has to be really careful now not to be remembered — or not to have the stigma — of being a one-dimensional hockey player. Because in this tournament, he was non-existent.”