SOCHI -- The rivalry between Finland and Sweden is commonly compared to one between a younger and older brother.
Except now, the younger brother has come of age.
No country can match the three Olympic medals Finland has won since NHL players were first included at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
One of those medals came at the 2006 Turin Olympics when Finland lost the gold-medal game 3-2 to big brother Sweden, but the Finns have grown up considerably since then.
"You know, I played them my first time in the World Championships in '95 in Sweden, and they ended up winning their first World Championship," Sweden forward Daniel Alfredsson said. "They've had tremendous success here in the Olympics, we've met them pretty much every time, and I don't think it's so much big brother, little brother any more. It's more healthy rivals that are very proud of their hockey team, and also really happy to represent their country. They know how much it means."