5 things to know about Finland's win

5. Hats off to Finland. The smallish country has the biggest heart in hockey. Make it four medals (three bronze, one silver) in the five NHL Olympics, more than any other country in that span. And make it five medals (four bronze, one silver) in the past six Olympics going back to 1994. OK, none of those is a gold medal, but, for the pesky Finns, it's proof they're always in the mix. That's something else this year, given the injury losses before the Games of star center Mikko Koivu and solid center Valtteri Filppula and then, two games into the tournament, the loss of first-line forward Aleksander Barkov. As Olli Jokinen so aptly put it after a quarterfinal win over host Russia, you could have 20 other different names on the back of the Suomi uniforms and the Finns would still play the same way. An incredible work ethic and the epitome of teamwork, that is Finland.

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