Over the next several days, Alex Ovechkin will answer the same question over and over and over again.
How could the Russians, with some of the best hockey talent ever assembled, finish without a medal for a third straight Olympics?
How could Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 40 goals in 55 games, go four straight games without finding the back of the net?
In his first interview following Russia’s crushing 3-1 loss to Finland, Ovechkin was forced to answer a few of the questions everyone will be asking in the coming days.
Here’s a quick transcript of the post-game interview Ovechkin gave CBC’s Elliotte Friedman from the Russian players’ bench:
On what happened against the Finns:
We have a good start. We score power play goal. Feel pretty good. Two mistakes give them the lead. I have nothing to say. We try. We fight. We play until the end, but we lost.
On why the Russians had so much trouble scoring goals in the Olympics:
I don’t know. That’s a big question. It’s tough. It’s second Olympic game we lost that kind of game. It’s bad. The team fight. The team play til the end and nobody gave up. We didn’t score a second goal. It was pretty hard.
On if this is the toughest loss he’s ever had to face:
I haven’t realized it yet. I know we have lots of pressure, coaching staff, the team. But I don’t know what to say.