'Miracle' far from U.S.' minds

"I'm sure there's a lot of pressure on him here especially playing for his home country," Martin said. "He has his picture on the Head and Shoulders shampoo around here and stuff. It's big back here for him, and I'm sure he wants to win really bad, as do we, so it should be a good game tomorrow."

The defenseman said he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to keep the talented Russian unit at bay.

"For sure," Martin said. "I think as a defenseman you've got to take a lot of pride in what you do as far as playing against top lines and trying to shut 'em down and not give them a lot. I think it's no different here. They're going to be one of the most if not the most talented line out here.

"You just need to be that little bit more on edge as far as knowing where they are and not giving them those little opportunities because you can't give them a lot because then they'll take a lot."

The U.S. lineup will remain the same with defensemen Justin Faulk and Derek Stepan scratched, while Blake Wheeler will be the 13th forward.

With Orpik and Martin playing together, look for Ryan Suter, with whom Martin played against the Slovaks, to likely pair up with Ryan McDonagh and play mostly against the Kovalchuk-Datsyuk-Radulov unit.

Jonathan Quick will get his second straight start in goal after a solid turn in the Americans' opening win.

"Obviously I've been fortunate to be on some good teams in the past where we've played in some important, big games in other teams' arenas," Quick said. "You expect it to be similar to that. I'm sure there might be a little more emotions.

"But at the same time, it's a hockey game; it's played between the walls."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 22529628. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 22529628.
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...