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Between 1972 and the present, Canada and Russia have faced off time and again with national pride on the line

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Team Canada and the Soviet Union line up for the National Anthems before start of the first game in the eight-game 1972 Canada-Russia series at the Forum in Montreal.

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Team Canada battles the Soviet Union in the second game of the 1972 Summit Series.

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Canada's Paul Henderson, centre, scores past Soviet Union goalie Vladislav Tretiak, right, with 2:06 minutes of play left in the Canada-USSR game in Moscow, Sept. 26, 1972. Two days later Henderson scored the series-clinching goal.

Associated Press

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Evgeny Davidov, centre, proudly displays gold medal Saturday night after Russia (USSR) won the 1986 world junior hockey championships in Hamilton. Handing out the medals in the traditional ceremony is teammate Alexander Semak with Yuri Nikonov, right.

The Canadian Press

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Soviet Union and Canadian players during second period bench-clearing brawl at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championships here Jan. 5. Both teams were ejected from the tournament. While the Soviets were out of medal contention, Canada was playing for the gold medal, and were leading 4-2 at the time of the brawl.

Associated Press

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Wayne Gretzky of Team Canada celebrates a goal in the 1987 Canada Cup final against the Soviet Union.

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Wayne Gretzky (left) and Mario Lemieux (right) celebrate Lemieux's winning goal in a Canada Cup game against the Soviet Union in September, 1987.

SCOTT MACDONALD/The Canadian Press

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Sidney Crosby of Team Canada celebrates the gold medal win after beating Team Russia during the gold medal game at the 2005 World Junior Hockey tournament on Jan. 4, 2005 at the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Dave Sandford/2005 Getty Images

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Members of Team Canada gather around the Super Series trophy after Canada defeated Team Russia 6-1 in the eighth game of their Super Series at General Motors Place September 9, 2007 in Vancouver.

Jeff Vinnick/2007 Getty Images

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Ilya Kovalchuk of Russia reacts after scoring the fourth and tying goal in the third period to make the score 4-4 during the gold medal game against Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Championships on May 18, 2008 in Quebec City.


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Team Canada's Martin St. Louis, Ryan Getzlaf, Shane Doan, and Jason Spezza, left to right, react following their 5-4 loss in overtime to Team Russia in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship Sunday, May 18, 2008 in Quebec City.

Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

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Team Canada's John Tavares is mobbed by teammates after scoring the game winning goal on Team Russia goalie Danila Alistratov during a shoot-outin the semi-final action at the world junior hockey championship in Ottawa, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

Tom Hanson/Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press

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Alex Ovechkin of Russia skates next to Sydney Crosby of Canada during their men's ice hockey quarter-finals at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.


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Russian goalkeeper Evgeni Nabokov blocks the puck during the Men's Ice Hockey quarter-finals game between Russia and Canada at the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.


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