SOCHI -- One of these days, people will learn to stop underestimating Finland at the Olympics.
The team that has won more Olympic men's hockey medals than any other nation since NHL players were first involved in 1998 guaranteed itself a chance to play for another one at the 2014 Sochi Olympics after beating the host Russians 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
"Every time we go into tournaments like this we're disrespected," Finland center Olli Jokinen said. "But the good thing for our country no matter what the names are on the back, Finland's going to play the same way no matter who we have here. We could have 20 different guys here and the results would be the same.
"Finland's going to play Finland's way."
Finland's way may have toppled the Russian machine Wednesday, but the doubts surrounding Finland's chances here began the day the team was announced Jan. 7.