Watch: Canada, Russia get in line brawl in Olympic tune-up tournament
An absence of NHLers at the Olympics won't make the Canada-Russia rivalry any less intense.
Canada and Russia-2 took part in the Sochi Hockey Open on Monday - as part of a tournament that both sides are using as evaluations ahead of the 2018 Olympic Games - where things got extremely heated.
When the dust finally settled, Russia-2 escaped with a 3-2 victory.
Both sides hopefully proved that maybe the Olympics will be fine without NHL stars.