Nikita Kucherov is a virtual lock to be the NHL MVP this season while Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are likely Hall of Fame players when their hockey careers are over. Yet Team Russia, with all that individual firepower, can struggle to play together on the big stage against teams considered to be lesser opponents – at least on paper. And on Saturday, the Russian national team was upset by Finland 1-0 in the semifinals of the IIHF World Championship. Since 2009, Team Russia is 5-6 in the semis, and that frustration has started to boil over among fans and reporters.
But Nastya Ovechkina was not having any of it. Nastya took to Instagram after the game to encourage Team Russia fans to get a grip. It appears she used Caps fans as a positive example.