The wife of Russian NHL star Alexander Ovechkin has told fans “to accept defeat with honor” in an apparent riposte to criticism of the team following their world championship semifinal exit at the hands of Finland.]

Russia had been heavy favorites heading into the game, given their perfect eight-game run at the tournament leading into the semifinal.

His Wife Anastasia Shubskaya had enough of the criticism, and vented on IG. 

According to Sport-Express: 

“The biggest difference between fans of the Russian national team and fans of NHL clubs, is that Russian fans, if the team loses, need to throw mud at everyone, when the fans of the clubs support their team and favorite players in any results,” she wrote on her Instagram account.

“We need to be proud of our compatriots, who are idols of millions of people around the world and are role models for the younger generation!!!

“We need to be able to accept defeat with honor and value the work of other people! Kindness and luck to the guys tomorrow,” she added, referring to Russia’s bronze medal game against the Czech Republic on Sunday.

A loss against the Finns means reigning Olympic champions Russia remain without a world championship title since 2014. Deal with it. 

Check out more pics of Ovechkin’s wife below: 

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