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Canada, Russia involved in line brawl at Sochi Hockey Open

The pre-Olympic tournament featured some fireworks between these international rivals.

International hockey rivalries remain, even in early August, so it seems. Such was the case for Team Canada and Team Russia in the Sochi Hockey Open on Monday, where a line brawl broke out between the two clubs.

The scuffle was really little more than a few scraps, shoves, and lots of hugs rather than actual fisticuffs, but it was quite the gathering nonetheless!

Winnipeg Jets forward Eric O’Dell started the brawl as he ran into a Russian player along the benches at the end of his shift. From there, a few Russian players congregated in front of the Canadian bench and the fight broke out after the other players on the ice realized what was happening.

Canada outshot Russia 36-22 in the game but failed to win in a 3-2 loss. The team, led by former Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins, has dropped to 1-1 in the tournament and will compete for third place on Wednesday against Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The Sochi Hockey Open is one of many pre-Olympic tournaments on the schedule and features Team Canada, Team Russia, and four other KHL teams in the run-up to February.

(H/T NBCSports)