Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
LD Paul Martin, LD Brooks Orpik, RD John Carlson, RD Justin Faulk
Team USA has been relying on young John Carlson more as the Olympics wears on. He played on the third pairing with Brooks Orpik Friday, and it was the veteran Orpik who was more exposed. Paul Martin did not play against the Canada, so Justin Faulk drew in for his first action. Martin missed the game with a hand injury, as ESPN's Scott Burnside explains in this report.
LD Sami Lepisto, RD Juuso Hietanen, LD Ossi Vaananen, L Lasse Kukkonen
Finland dressed eight defensemen for every game, and all played significant minutes. They lack a Karlsson-style game-breaker, but are very deep with reliable blueliners.
Carlson used his mobility to good advantage, and when Martin went down with a hand injury the Americans replaced him swiftly.