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Believe it or not, Alex Kovalev fought Francois Beauchemin tonight

Sep 29, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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If the Evgeni Malkin-Rick Nash fight taught us anything, it’s that any hockey player can get in a fight. Seriously.

Need proof? Alex freaking Kovalev got in a fight tonight, perhaps because he called his opponent “Frenchy.” Check out this clip of the mercurial Russian pushing aside an official so he can engage in a very light game of fisticuffs with Francois Beauchemin. (Source: NHL.com.)

Seems like Beauchemin won that “battle” pretty handily, but hey, at least Kovalev is showing a pulse. Maybe he’ll actually contribute something in Ottawa after a flat 09-10 campaign … he just might want to keep his gloves on, though.

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