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GRAND FORKS, N. Shalom Luani Jersey .D. -- Kevin Dineen learned quickly what the U.S. womens hockey team is all about ahead of the Sochi Winter Games. In his debut as Canadas womens team head coach, Dineen watched his club drop a 4-1 decision Friday to the Americans in exhibition action. "Tremendous amount of respect for that opponent, thats an exceptional team there," said Dineen about his first taste of the U.S program. Brianna Decker scored the eventual winner for the Americans while sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux each had a goal and an assist. Hilary Knight added one more to round out the offence. Haley Irwin scored Canadas lone goal of the game as Jayna Hefford and Caroline Ouellette picked up assists. U.S. goaltender Molly Schaus earned the win while Shannon Szabados took the loss for Canada. Irwin opened the scoring for the Canadians at 17:22 of the first period. But the lead didnt last long as Monique Lamoureaux tied it for the Americans with less than 10 seconds to go in the first frame. "Getting scored on in the last 10 seconds of the first gave them momentum and we made some pretty big mental errors," said Irwin. Things got worse for Canada in the second period as they gave up three goals in a seven-minute span. Decker scored for the U.S. at 8:37, Knight tacked on another at 13:24 and Jocelyne Lamoureux made it 4-1 just over two minutes later. "There were preventable plays that led to scoring chances," said Dineen. "The second period was an area I thought we were out played." The Americans not only controlled the scoreboard through the first 40 minutes, but they kept the Canadian squad from any real scoring chances. Heading into the third period Canada had registered just 11 shots on goal. "Ive seen that we need to look for ways to create more offence," said Dineen. "Certaintly putting pucks on the net is a good way to start and we didnt do that enough tonight." The Canadians tried to battle back in the third period, but couldnt find a way to beat Schaus. Eventually, emotions took over and with the game out of reach. Tempers flared in the final minute as 12 players -- six from each club -- were handed penalties with just eight seconds remaining in the contest after a 10-player altercation unfolded in front of the American net. In total, 10 fighting majors and a string of other infractions were dealt. The two teams also fought in October late in a game in Burlington, Vt., with all 10 skaters squaring off late in the third period. They had another big scrap in 2010. "Its no different than any other rivalry in sport," Irwin said about the tussle. "That emotional part that came out at the end for both teams ... obviously you dont want players to have major penalties, but emotions do run high in hockey." Dineen took his first international coaching job after Dan Church stepped down unexpectedly last week with less than two months before the start of the Sochi Olympics. Dineen served as head coach of the NHLs Florida Panthers for just over two seasons until he was fired last month. The Americans will host the Canadians in an exhibition game Dec. 28 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wholesale Seattle Seahawks Jerseys . The Marlies centre set up three goals, including the game-winner, as Toronto cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons in American Hockey League action. Rasheem Green Jersey . The Mavericks were not going to let San Antonio beat them with 3-pointers, and they did not want Tony Parker using the lane as his personal playground.MINNEAPOLIS - Throughout most of last season, Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders and owner Glen Taylor remained steadfast in their stance that they would not consider trading Kevin Love. They were determined instead to convince the All-Star forward that he should sign an extension to remain after next season. With the NBA draft lottery coming up this week and an increasing concern that Love will leave for another team after next year, that stance has softened, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The Timberwolves are now open to the idea of trading Love if the right deal comes along. The people requested anonymity because the team has not made any final decisions on Loves future in Minnesota. A likely asking price would include a high first-round pick in this years draft and a solid veteran or two who would come in and contribute right away to a team that is lacking in veteran leadership. If the Wolves do not get an offer they feel is worthy of parting with the second-best player in franchise history, they are content to move forward with a plan to show Love that Minnesota is where he belongs, much the way the Portland Trail Blazers did with LaMarcus Aldridge last off-season. Love just finished the second year of a four-year deal that includes an option for him to opt-out in the summer of 2015. The contract terms were the first signs of strife for Love and the organization when former basketball boss David Kahn declined to give him the full five-year maximum deal that Love wanted. Kahn was fired in 2013 and Saunders has worked tirelessly to try to convince Love that he should stay in Minnesota where he can make about $26.5 million more than he can anywhere else. But the Wolves have not made the playoffs in 10 years, including all six of Loves seasons with the team, a lack of success that has one of the best power forwards in the game growing more and more impatient. Neither Love nor his representatives have gone so far as to ask for a trade, but as the NBA draft lottery approaches on Tuesday, the trade market figures to heat up. The Timberwolves are slotted to pick 13th in the first round. But they are hollding out hope that they get lucky for the first time in franchise history in the lottery and jump up. Tom Johnson Jersey. Getting one of the top three picks in a strong draft could be an encouraging sign for Love. If that doesnt happen, the Wolves could look at making a trade if they felt it had a chance to make them better in the long run. Love has made three All-Star teams and helped Team USA win the gold medal at the London Olympics. He averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists last season, but the Wolves finished a disappointing 40-42 and missed the playoffs in the Western Conference. While there remains some question whether Love can be the best player on a championship-calibre team, there figures to be a long list of suitors to line up for his services via trade this summer or free agency next year. But Love would likely have to give any team that makes the Wolves an offer some kind of indication that he is open to signing an extension, much the way Chris Paul did when he was dealt from New Orleans to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011. The uncertainty surrounding Love has also complicated the Wolves pursuit of a coach to replace Rick Adelman, who retired after the season. Saunders has been in the market for a proven, experienced head coach who can come and command respect right away while also handling what most assuredly would be a difficult season filled with constant questions about Loves status. Not surprisingly, most of the names near the top of Saunders list have been reluctant to entertain the idea of taking the job without knowing what is going to happen with Love. Some luck on lottery night could also make the job more attractive for an incoming coach. In the absence of any long-shot lottery luck, the Wolves will ramp up their coaching search after their draft position solidifies on Tuesday night. Names such as Lionel Hollins, Sam Mitchell and Scott Skiles will all get consideration. And return runs at Michigan States Tom Izzo, Floridas Billy Donovan or Iowa States Fred Hoiberg arent out of the question after all three gave them a tepid response early in the process. ___ Follow Jon Krawczynski on Twitter: http://twitter.com/APKrawczynski Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Nike Baseball Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Authentic Cheap NHL Jerseys Canada Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China NCAA Jerseys Cheap Nike NHL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Football Jerseys Store Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Jerseys NCAA China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys ' ' '  


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