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Thrashers' Pavelec in hospital with concussion

After a scary incident which saw goaltender Ondrej Pavelec collapse on the ice just minutes into the the team's opening game against the Washington Capitals last night, the Atlanta Thrashers have announced Pavelec has a concussion and headaches but is in stable condition.

He reamins in the hospital while they perform a nuymberof additional tests in an attempt to figure out what made the netminder collapse.

While players were all down at the other end of the rink awaiting a face-off, Pavelec glided out past the top of the circles while slapping his stick on the ice encouraging his team mates. Seconds later he stumbled backwards and was unconscious while both team's training staffs rushed to his aid. Pavelec was wheeled off the ice in a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

He regained consciousness later in the evening and asked those with him what the score of the Thrashers' game was.

Chris Mason came out in relief and allowed a goal just moments after the next face-off, but held the fort the rest of the way helping lead Atlanta to a 4-2 win. Evander Kane scored two goals, including the game winner, to lead the offence.

The Thrashers called up Drew MacIntyre to fill Pavelec's abscence.


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