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(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers try to build on Saturday's big win over Buffalo tonight when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

The Thrashers handed the Sabres their first loss of the season, as Slava Kozlov scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead Atlanta to a 5-4 decision.

Bobby Holik and Scott Mellanby each had a goal and an assist in the win, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 shots plus all three skaters in the shootout for the Thrashers. Atlanta halted a two-game losing streak, and remains the leader in the Southeast Division with 19 points -- seven ahead of Carolina and Florida.

Atlanta's Marian Hossa got off to a sizzling start this season, but hasn't recorded a point in three straight games. Hossa is tied for the league lead with 10 goals so far.

Atlanta will host Carolina on Wednesday.

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Ilya Kovalchuk is currently on a 5-game goal streak. The Thrashers went into Buffalo a couple of nights ago and beat them in a shootout. The Thrashers are really prooving that they are a good team.
 

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They are a good team that suffers from inconsistency. It seems as though their worst efforts magnify ten fold whenever against Toronto. If Atlanta is going to be taken seriously (and beating Buffalo doesn't cut it imo) then they are going to have to step up when it matters most. They can continue to beat Buffalo all season long, but if they don't show up against .500 avg teams then they can kiss their chance of respect goodbye. I think they will be a force this year, but their lack of focus may cost them come playoff time. Let's hope for the best :)
 
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