Finland's formula is yielding results

Deliberate style, strong goaltending, various contributions drive success

Updated: February 19, 2014, 1:17 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- Finnish forward Tuomo Ruutu paused in the crowded mixed zone Wednesday afternoon to ponder a question about his team being the underdog yet again.

It's not as if the veteran hasn't heard the term in relation to his countrymen in places like this many times in his career.

Still, if it's something that defines the Finns from the outside, a comfortable cloak in which to wrap the hardy hockey nation when the world's best gather every four years, it's not something the ...

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