Optimism ensues as NHL talks ongoing

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Optimism ensues as NHL talks ongoing

As the evening grew later, the talks continued. And while its hard to say how much is getting accomplished, the fact that discussions are ongoing is at least some reason to be optimistic.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and forward Jamal Mayers were two of 18 players taking part in Tuesdays player-owner meeting in New York. The two sides started talking at 1 p.m. central time; after a dinner break early in the evening, the two parties reconvened and were still talking past 10 p.m. central time.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr stayed out of both meetings, although they reportedly met with their respective parties during the dinner break.

Reports from New York have used the words cautiously optimistic to describe the ongoing discussions. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that the Penguins are making a big push to help end the lockout. Sidney Crosby is part of todays talks, as is team co-owner Ron Burkle.

The lockout reached Day 80 on Tuesday. Games through Dec. 14 have already been canceled.

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Jonathan Marchessault's hat trick leads Panthers rout of Blackhawks

Jonathan Marchessault's hat trick leads Panthers rout of Blackhawks

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Jonathan Marchessault scored his first career hat trick, James Reimer stopped 25 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Florida Panthers routed the Chicago Blackhawks 7-0 on Saturday night.

Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists, and Aleksander Barkov added a goal and two assists for Florida. Reilly Smith and Nick Bjugstad also scored to give the Panthers their largest margin of victory since an 8-0 win over Toronto on Feb. 5, 2008.

Marchessault had two goals in a 3-1 win over Arizona on Thursday. He has nine goals over his last nine games and leads the Panthers with 28.

Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots for the Blackhawks before being lifted at 4:59 of the third for Scott Darling, who allowed three goals on six shots.

Already leading 3-0, the Panthers poured in four goals in the third.