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Goalie forces foes to take Finns seriously

Updated: September 13, 2004, 1:47 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- The pre-World Cup of Hockey scouting report on Finland went something like this: If the Miikka Kiprusoff of last season shows up for this tournament, the Finns have at least a fighting chance.

The implication, of course, was that the Miikka Kiprusoff that turned in an NHL record 1.69 GAA in 38 games and then led the Calgary Flames to a seventh game of the Stanley Cup final wasn't likely to return to that form, that he couldn't possibly be that good.

Could he?

According ...

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