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  • December 1, 2017 7:20 PM PST

    SEOUL, South Korea - Long-track speedskater Laurent Debreuil won bronze in the mens 500 metres Sunday for his first career World Cup medal while fellow Canadian Ivanie Blondin added bronze in the womens mass start. Omer Asik Jersey .Dubreuil, from Levis, Que., finished third in 35.35 seconds. Pavel Kultzhinikov of Russia won gold in 35.18 seconds and South Koreas Mo Tae-Bum took silver in 35.32.I felt really good during my race and I knew when I saw my time that my chances of being on the podium were good, said Dubreuil. The wait after my skate was long and stressful, because there were still five pairs left to the competition.But Im extremely happy with third place and that my time was good enough to hold up for bronze.Dubreuil won the 2012 world junior title in the 500 metres.Blondin, meanwhile, continued her strong start to the season by finished third in seven minutes 45.06 seconds. The 24-year-old Ottawa skater won the season-opening mass start last week in Japan and took bronze in the 5,000 metres on Friday.Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won gold Sunday in 7:42.96, followed by Irene Schouten of the Netherlands in 7:45.05.I felt pretty confident going into the race, said Blondin. It was just a matter of placing myself in the right position and draft as much as I could. Im extremely happy with a bronze medal.Blondin, who has won six career individual World Cup medals, finished fifth in the womens 1,000 metres earlier in the day. Reginas Kali Christ was 12th in the 1,000 and 15th in the mass start.In the mens mass start, Winnipegs Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg was 14th and Rob Watson of Whitby, Ont., was 24th. Gilmore Junio of Calgary was eighth in the mens 500 metres while William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., was 21st.The third World Cup of the season is set for Dec. 5-7 in Berlin. Solomon Hill Jersey .Mallais and his team out of Saint John defeated James Grattan 5-4 in Fredericton.The 2015 Tim Hortons Brier from Feb. ETwaun Moore Jersey . Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.UNIONDALE, N.Y. - No one expected the New York Islanders to head into their All-Star break on top of the Eastern Conference — not even coach Jack Capuano.He knows his club has played surprisingly well, though he claims he doesnt know just how well.Thats OK. He likes what he sees, and he wants it to continue when the Islanders get back on the ice next week.I dont even know our record, Capuano said after New Yorks 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. We come to the rink and we get better every day. I know weve won some games and things are going well for our team right now, but we cant lose sight of how we need to play.Nikolay Kulemin had two goals and an assist, and the Islanders reclaimed first place in the East with their latest divisional win. New York is assured of being on top of the Metropolitan when play resumes next week.The Islanders, 15-2 against divisional foes, are off until they host the New York Rangers next Tuesday. New York is 16-4 overall at home.The thing about our hockey team is believablility and trust. Accountability and leadership, Capuano said. No one gave us a chance, and that is why you play the game. I am very pleased up until this point with our hockey club. Weve done a lot of good things, not only winning hockey games but how were winning games and how were playing within the structure and the framework.Michael Grabner, John Tavares, and Nick Leddy each had a goal and an assist.Grabner gave the Islanders the lead on their first shot, and Kulemin made it 3-0 with a short-handed tally on New Yorks first shot of the second period. Kulemin also scored in between, and Josh Bailey and Tavares found the net in the Islanders three-goal middle period.Leddy restored the Islanders three-goal lead 5:45 into the third.All-Star Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves for his 25th win this season. The Islanders (31-14-1), who have won five of six, lead Tampa Bay by one point in the East. New York bounced back from a lacklustre 6-4 loss at Montreal on Saturday with its second game in three outings of at least six goals.We wanted to have a bounce-back game and go into the break on a high, Bailey said. It will be a much-deserved break, but were going to want to pick up where we left off.Last seasons team went only 13-19-9 at home and missed the playoffs after making it the year before. Jrue Holiday Jersey. Its no secret it was a big disappointment last year and one of the reasons why we didnt have much success, Tavares said.Defencemen Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto had goals for Philadelphia in the second period, Claude Giroux made it 5-3 in the first minute of the third, and Chris VandeVelde brought the Flyers within 6-4 with 2:24 left.It wasnt enough to help Rob Zepp, who made his fifth straight start but was yanked in the second period in favour of Ray Emery after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Philadelphia (18-22-7) has lost four of six overall and seven of eight on the road.Our record doesnt show were a good team, Giroux said. We can be a good team, too, if we start playing the way we can play.Anders Lee added an empty-net goal for New York, which had 41 shots.Grabner got New York going after taking a pass in the neutral zone from Kulemin. Grabner streaked down left wing, got around diving defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo and snapped a shot under the crossbar to make it 1-0 just 1:32 in on his fourth goal.Grabner and Kulemin hooked up again — with defenceman Johnny Boychuk in the middle — to double the lead 6:32 later.The Flyers found their legs in the second half of the period and ended up with a 14-9 edge in shots in the frame. Their best scoring chance, however, came in the opening minute when a slick 3-on-2 produced a good shot by Wayne Simmonds that Halak corralled.Grabner nearly had another assist during Philadelphias first power play, but Casey Cizikas breakaway was stopped by the back of Zepps left leg with 4 minutes left in the opening period.Streit, a former Islanders captain, closed the Flyers to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 9:07 of the second, but Bailey made it 4-1 at 11:49. After Del Zotto cut the deficit back to two at 15:12, Tavares extended the lead to three with 7.6 seconds remaining in the second.I dont think as a team we played good defensive hockey, Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. Its hard for us to get on a winning streak.NOTES: Islanders RW Kyle Okposo was chosen as the NHLs third star of the week. ... Colaiacovo was helped off the ice after being injured in the third period. He is doubtful for Tuesdays home game against Pittsburgh. ... 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