Thursday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Tampa Bay (2-3-3) at Buffalo (6-1-2) (AP)

Sabres look to end skid against Lightning (Sportsticker)

Tampa Bay Lightning (2-3-3) at Buffalo Sabres (6-1-2) (The Sports Network)

Mair escapes with only fine

‘”When you’re out there, tempers flare. Guys get under one another’s skin. Especially with him. We have a long battle against each other and it’s just one of those things. He’s out there and he’s competing hard. You can never take that away from him. He works hard. He just shows emotion a little too much sometime.”‘

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Wolf Pack Defeat Pirates (Hartford Courant)

Pirates give strong effort but come up short (Maine Hockey Journal)

Portland Falls to Hartford in Overtime, 3-2 (PortlandPirates.com)

Win Free Pirates Tickets on WGME 13 (PortlandPirates.com)

Watch Saturday’s Road Game at The Stadium (PortlandPirates.com)

Wolf Pack Down Pirates in OT (HartfordWolfPack.com)

Gaustad to play Thursday night

‘“I’m ready for the game,” Gaustad said. “I’ve been preparing for it all summer and during the season I’ve been trying to stay as close to the team as I can; traveling, video, all of that.”’

Mair fined $2500 for incident in Ottawa

‘The fine is the maximum amount that is allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates search for players, wins on road (Portland Press Herald)

#2: Pirates Set North American Record (PortlandPirates.com)

Sabres relish junior moments

‘“Any time you play for your country, and I’ve been fortunate to play in quite a few events, it’s an honor and a real privilege.”’

Mair incident probed

‘Animosities between the two Northeast Division rivals are nothing new. In 2001 while playing for the Los Angeles Kings, Mair received a 10-game suspension when he left the bench to aid teammate Mikko Eloranta, who was fighting with Neil.’

Mad Mair might face ban

‘”I didn’t know he came after me until after (the game), when a couple of the guys told me he had come down there,” said Neil. “I had used him as a punching bag before and that was the only thing I said to him. He didn’t like that too much. We ended up both getting (misconducts). It would have been nice (to be there).”‘

‘Punching bag’ Mair awaits punishment

‘”I asked what he wanted, and I told him to beat it. Then he grabbed me and (Phil Legault, the Senators’ vice-president of communications) jumped in, and that was the end of the story. Nothing really happened.”‘

Sabres’ first loss ewas not pretty’

‘“Their record doesn’t really indicate what their team is all about,” Sabres forward Jason Pominville said. “We were on a roll; they were desperate for a win. They needed this. Usually when we play them the intensity rises, and they definitely did that.”’

Senators deal Sabres first regulation loss

‘"We had a good run," Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek said. "We came back from the West Coast with three of four points, beat the big teams, and time just hit us a little bit. If we had maybe [an] extra day, everything would be OK. But we just made the little mistakes, and they cost us a big game."’

NHL shouldn’t duck Balsillie again

‘So this thing has two ways of playing out — either the NHL graciously joins forces with Balsillie and makes this the banner kind of moment the league can hang its hat on, or it fouls it up so royally that major American markets thumb their noses even higher at the sport.

USA Hockey makes tourney official

‘Clarke MacArthur continued to make a case for staying in the lineup, scoring his fourth goal in just nine games on assists from Maxim Afinogenov and Andrej Sekera.’

Tuesday’s Ottawa Coverage

Senators get back in stride (Ottawa Citizen)

Team’s ‘Crisis’ not its first (Ottawa Citizen)

Lalime posts milestone (Ottawa Citizen)

That’s more like it! (Ottawa Sun)

Here’s one for Lalime ‘fans’ (Ottawa Sun)

Game Story (Ottawa Sun)

Photo gallery (OttawaSenators.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

The Senators join again with the victory (Le Droit)

A course except standard (Le Droit)

The solution is within the organization (Le Droit)