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Ovechkin expresses sadness over Russian bombings ahead of Olympics

Dec 30, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

From NBC News:

MOSCOW — At least 14 people were killed and 28 wounded when an explosion ripped through a trolley bus in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, the country’s third deadly attack in four days.

The explosion, which authorities blamed on a suicide bomber, tore out much of the electric bus’ exterior, left mangled bodies on the street and raised fears about more violence in the lead-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics that Russia will host in six weeks.

The Sochi Games are set to open Feb. 7, with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin as one of the host country’s most high-profile athletes.

Today, Ovechkin expressed his sadness over the recent bombings.

“It’s awful. I don’t know why people doing that kind of stuff. I feel sorry about the families and the people who died in this is tragedy,” Ovechkin said, per the Washington Post. “When you hear this kind of situation happens to your home you just feel bad. I don’t know how to say it, people just live your life. Why you have to carry a bomb on you, push a button and destroy you and destroy everybody?”

At the same time, Ovechkin is confident that the the Games will be safe, thanks to all the security that will be in place.

“I’m sure Russian government is going to do everything that’s possible to protect the people and athletes there,” he said.

  1. jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    he doesnt know why? he’s russian and doesnt know about the caucasus or chechnya? dont worry though, he’s sure the russian government will be able to handle it….just like they have been doing for the past 20+ years…smh

    • ibieiniid - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      OV’s not the only person that, despite what events occurred in the past, still questions why human beings decide to blow up other human beings.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        some people question how other people could still question why things like this have happened since the dawn of man…

      • ibieiniid - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        what, you have the answer? let us have it bud.

    • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Exactly what I was thinking. “Duh! Me don’t know. Me know hockey and NHL conspiracy.” What a character?

      “Ovechkin has suggested that someone – NHL hire ups? TV execs? The refs? – conspired against the Capitals, who lost 5-0 to the New York Rangers Monday night in Game 7 of their first round series.”

      “The refereeing… You understand it yourself. How can there be no penalties at all (on one team) during the playoffs?

      “I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings. You know, the lockout, escrow, the League needs to make profit… I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the League. But to not give obvious penalties (against the Capitals), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized…”

      Read more: Alex Ovechkin cries conspiracy after Washington Capitals lose to New York Rangers | TIME.com http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/2013/05/14/conspiracy-in-the-nhl-why-alex-ovechkin-suggested-so/#ixzz2ozeGVUHg

      • nj666 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        try to stick with the story at hand you fool. The man is confused and upset about an attack in his home country just like anyone with a human heart would be.

      • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        “The Man” is from Russia and has no idea why these attacks are happening. He’s a fool! At the very least he should know about the Chechen–Russian conflict. It’s not like it’s been going on for a century… Oh! Wait! It has been going on for centuries. But! He knows about NHL conspiracies though. Move on!

      • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        ovechkin’s got enough cognitive reasoning to derive a conspiracy related to hockey but not enough to understand why the chechens have been doing this for 20 years….

      • nj666 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        yeah how dare him to not go into a tirade about a 20 year conflict… what an a hole to just show sympathy towards the victims…

      • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Do you know how to read or are you just stupid like he his? All he had to do was avoid saying “I don’t know why people doing that kind of stuff. Why you have to carry a bomb on you, push a button and destroy you and destroy everybody?”. If he knew about the conflict he wouldn’t have said that. He showed empathy and ignorance. He’s constantly putting his foot in his mouth. “Me go play in KHL” “Tuck rule bother me”. He’s an idiot.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        I guess no, most of us do not understand how you can rationalize murdering and maiming dozens of innocent people.

      • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Oh! No! You too 33! Any intelligent person will understand that you don’t ratonalize terrorism. “Terrorist organizations will continue to employ suicide operations to hit stronger and more powerful enemies.”

        ter·ror·ism
        the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal

      • nj666 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        you’re the one who needs help with his comprehension, never once did he try to “rationalize terrorism”. Good try though, and thanks for the simple definition of terrorism, as an american I’ve never heard of that term before.

      • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        ok. You’re an idiot. I never said he tried to rationalize terrorism.

  2. blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    This is a horrible development and like Ovechkin says, our thoughts and prayers go out for the victims and their families. The Caucuses have always been a volatile region and even though the Russians are extremely tough when it comes to dealing with this type of thing, they’re nonetheless going to have their hands full over the next little while. The suspects have apparently been female suicide bombers and so the authorities likely know ‘who & what’ they’re dealing with. Nonetheless, the games are only a few weeks away now and so the pressure will be on for them to ensure a ‘happy and safe’ event … and hopefully that will be the case.

    • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Well said my friend. Heartbreaking events. Hopefully there will be peace in the region during the Olympics, though most of the experts I’ve heard think there will be a terrorist attempt during the games and more violence to come as declared by Dokka Umarov. I hope they are so wrong.

      • blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        I hate to say it friend, however I fear that there exists a very real possibility for another Munich … hopefully though, nothing will come of such fears eh ?

    • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      ✨ And a few lucky stars for one of the greatest F1 drivers. Hope Schumacher can pull through and resume a normal life

    • devilsarethebest - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Wow, blomfeld. Didn’t know you had that in you.

      • blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        friend, I’m joking around here at PHT at least 90% of the time … however this is no joking matter …

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    This is concerning leading up to the Olympics

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Concerning indeed, but it sounds like they’ll be playing games in a reverse gulag. I have total faith that the heavy hand of the KGB will be able to keep the athletes safe while arbitrarily rounding up suspicious persons.

      “The security zone created around Sochi stretches approximately 100 kilometres along the Black Sea coast and up to 40 kilometres inland. Russian forces include special troops to patrol the forested mountains flanking the resort, drones to keep constant watch over Olympic facilities and speed boats to patrol the coast….The security plan includes a ban on cars from outside the zone a month before the games begin.”

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/volgograd-russia-hit-by-2-deadly-bombs-in-2-days-1.2478735

      • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        sucks for all of those people outside that 100km zone. plenty of soft targets available with all their energy concentrated to such a small area.

      • blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        1943 – please remember that any ‘would be’ terrorists designated for a strike at the games site itself have likely been ‘imbedded’ there a long time ago, possibly even years ago ? … therefore ‘perimeter’ defense as such will have little ‘if any’ impact in terms of thwarting their efforts … rather, the Russians will have to rely on intelligence, black ops and other ‘asymmetric’ counter measures … on the flip side however, these terrorists can also go after unprotected civilian targets and cause not only dreadful human casualties, but as well tremendous loss of prestige and money for the Russian government and it’s people … it’s a dicey situation there to say the least … I just hope and pray that they can do whatever is needed to be done, in-order to ensure a ‘safe & happy’ games for all to enjoy …

  4. devilsarethebest - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Patrick Elias said today he’s not letting his family go to Sochi after this.

    • nj666 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      when did he say this? Show a link or some source.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Here you go
        http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2013/12/devils_olympians_russians_on_terrorist_attacks_in_volgograd_scary.html

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        why not just google?

  5. handsofsweed - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    God help the region that is the initiator of and/or sponsor of a terrorist attack in/around Sochi. The retribution from Putin and the Russian Army will be Stalin-esque.

    • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Unfortunately, it will be a mere dent in the armor of the terrorist groups. They are so integrated in day to day life that they are hiding in plain sight, and their numbers keep growing. Scholars have written; “Organizations will continue to employ martyrdom operations in the face of stronger and more powerful
      enemies. The challenge is to remove the conditions of conflict that foster such acts.” Violence only fosters more violence.

      • blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Joey, we hear you friend … however your call to “remove the conditions of conflict that foster such acts” is both fanciful and unrealistic … by it’s most elementary definition, conflict or ‘struggle’ is the essence of life as we know it on our planet … and therefore expecting all humans to get along, is like expecting all creatures to get along in the wild … it’s simply not going to happen …

  6. csilojohnson - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Sheesh cut the guy some slack joey.
    I dislike Ovi as much as the next Pens fan.
    But… he did have something devastating happen close to home.
    Yet you decide to trivialize his comments and compare it to hockey comments he made. (Yes, bogus). Still about hockey. Not someone blowing up a bus full of innocent people.
    Stop hating on him and have some compassion.

    • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      My compassion doesn’t impair my judgement. They are exclusive. Ovi has zero street smarts regardless of the topic. And for the n+ time, I’m not a Pens fan.

  7. muckleflugga - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    you bet ovi, sad as it may be, it’s easier to understand than you might imagine…there’s terrorism and then there’s terrorism

    i’m am however, troubled by distinctions made in the quality and nature of terrorism…

    by people living in countries taken by force and genocide from indigenous peoples particularly…canada and the united states of america were taken from aboriginal peoples under conditions of manifest destiny by the english, french and spanish…wielding bibles in one hand and gunpowder in the other…terrorism by every definition…

    from columbus forward, murder, disease and starvation were stock in trade…they still are

    in the present, the united states of america counters what is described as terrorism with its own breed of state-sanctioned terrorism…people far beyond its immediate territorial interest are assets warranting removal and innocents slain are…collateral damage…it’s all semantics playing whore to propaganda…in service of the one great evil, profit for blood

    in the wake of these bombings in russia, the conservative right wing rise in condemnation…outrage…indignation…vengeance…this while growing fat on the military industrial complex and fathomless depths of wealth to be found in the arms trade…their outcry is empty and wholly hypocritical…

    terrorists calling terrorists terrorists…the humanity

    someone in these pages recently spoke to the war crime trials at nuremberg, but we know history and right to judge is held by the victor…what of dresden, hiroshima and nagasaki…vietnam…cambodia…state sponsored sanction against cuba and iran…starving entire populations to political purpose…war in search of weapons of mass destruction in iraq…afghanistan…the consolation prize…when profiteering secured in the cleaning-up of iraq was not enough…it never is…

    in the present, the united states of america is selling iraq sophisticated tanks, defense systems, missiles and drones…to be used against the next generation of america’s young drawn to defend notions of patriotism and democracy four thousand miles from their homes, where those words have meaning, but little in the way of context

    the lunacy

    and now we have potential for active application of those same drones at home, in our own backyards…these drones are actively directed at killing people en masse on the other side of the world…from the safety of an office in washington…

    but they pray at their inauguration…who listens

    i saw a study suggesting close to ninety percent of americans believe in need to protect a right to bear arms…substantiated by need to protect themselves from their own government if you can imagine…?

    people in position of power and influence call bradley manning and edward snowden traitors…a view not necessarily held by the populace at large, particularly populace outside traditional republican strongholds…and, anybody outside the united states of america…

    send the jack boots up my front step, but in my mind manning and snowden are heroes for exposing the systemized lying in support of home grown terrorism manufactured and sustained in our very own corridors of power…

    yes, there’s terrorism and then there’s terrorism…

    • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Commercial drones will quickly be pushed into operation and will fall under the suveryance program of the NSA. But! No one will admit it. Instead you will be lead to believe it is secure and it’s purpose is to provide you with better service. They will be fitted with he best video & audio cameras, wifi decryption software etc…. The Gov’t is becoming more and more Orwellian.

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/30/politics/drones-faa/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

    • blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Flugga … an excellent commentary friend, one which touches on many aspects of our ‘imperfect’ human race and history … in reply however, I would ask you to name one country in this world which wasn’t founded on the shedding of blood ? … of course you know the answer is none, given that ‘struggle’ is the essence of life and nature in general … it will never change and anyone who thinks it will is living in a ‘utopian’ dream world …

  8. frankiesweep - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Putin will clean this up. I have trust in him for that.

    If it was our guy, well he’d be sending flowers and apologizing.

  9. cspsrbums - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    @ joey4id
    I believe Ovi was relating to how could anyone one blow up another person no matter what there cause is. He didn’t say he doesn’t know about the conflict. Joey you are an idiot and always have been and always will be. As bloom said imperfect humans Joey look in the mirror clown.

    • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Yes I am. Ovi is certainly the smartest of us three because he’s a professional hockey player, and has great ability to put the puck in the net. He’s so smart that he keep putting his foot in his mouth. If he knew about the conflict then he would understand how terrorist organization operate and why. Terrorism may be new to us in New America, but it is not new o the rest of the world. It has been around for centuries. Why can’t you admit he’s an idiot? Because your a Caps fan.

      You would never here that garbage come from Toewes or Datsyuk to name a few.

  10. cspsrbums - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Oh by the way Joey I can’t understand how there were no penalties call in the playoffs either can you. There were plenty of fouls on both teams

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