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The Boston Bruins have finally decided that this Matt Beleskey thing isn't working out, placing him on waivers on Thursday. He signed a five-year, $19-million free agent contract with the Bruins in July 2015, capitalizing on a career year of 22 goals and 10 assists with Anaheim. He had 15 goals and 22 assists in his first season in Boston; since then, he's battled through injuries and general ineffectiveness, with three goals and five assists in 49 games last season and no points in 14 games this season. His last goal was on March 15. He has two more years left on his deal with a $3.8 million cap hit, although his base salary drops from $4 million to $3 million next season. Will another general manager offer a change in scenery, or is the book on the 29-year-old winger that he was an offensive anomaly that was lucky to cash in when he did?

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Fare thee well to Chris Neil, who retired on Thursday after playing 1,026 games with the Ottawa Senators from 2001-2017, scoring 112 goals and 138 assists. Of course, the number we'll most remember from Neil are those 2,522 penalty minutes, as he goes down as perhaps the preeminent "energy" line guy in franchise history. He could be a pain in the rear for opposing players that he was agitating, and a pain in the face when he'd drop the gloves to lift the energy levels for his team. "I was a late-round pick in the NHL. I always had something to prove," said Neil, who was a sixth-round pick in 1998 by the Senators, the only franchise he played with in the NHL. "I hope that my demonstration of work hard has a been an inspiration for some."

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Subban scores from center ice.

P.K. Subban's 89-foot goal was the icing on the cake in Nashville's 7-1 victory against Vancouver.

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Benn wrists one pass Islanders defense for goal.

Jamie Benn's 13th goal of the season puts a cherry on top of the Stars' 5-2 win over the Islanders.

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Marchand's OT goal is the difference maker for B's.

Brad Marchand nets a goal 35 seconds into overtime to cap a 3-2 comeback win for Boston.

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Smith gives Senators breathing room in 3rd period.

Eight seconds into the third period, Zack Smith gives the Senators a 3-1 lead with a quick reaction goal in front of the net.

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So who is running the show for the Ottawa Senators? Kyle Turris said on Wednesday, via the Canadian Press, that it was owner Eugene Melnyk that decided the team wouldn't offer the center a long-term contract extension, which led to his trade to the Nashville Predators in deal that brought Matt Duchene to Ottawa. "It's tough because I think management did want to sign me, but I think that the owner didn't. And that was his decision," said Turris, via the Canadian Press. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was asked about that accusation during press availability later in the day. "Everything in the hockey department goes through me. Not Mr. Melnyk," said Dorion. Boy, were it not for the team plummeting into tanking position, the questionable future of coach Guy Boucher (whom Dorion gave a vote of confidence) and the raging debate over trading Erik Karlsson, this would have been quite the story.

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Kucherov's wrist shot beats Allen in Tampa Bay's win.

Nikita Kucherov rips a shot past Blues goalie Jake Allen in the Lightning's 3-0 win.

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Point scores on the rebound to put Tampa Bay ahead.

Braydon Point picks up his own rebound and scores his 12th goal of the season for the Lightning.

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