'Atlanta built its first lead of the night two minutes before the break on a giveaway by Ales Kotalik. The Sabres winger was carrying the puck out of his zone, and when he neared the blue line he tried to send a pass to Rory Fitzpatrick. Patrik Stefan intercepted, skated in alone on goal and beat Noronen. "That's bad timing," Kotalik said. "It's a crucial goal, 2-1. I feel bad because those guys worked really hard. Everybody did."'
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