Dr. William Whaley attends to goaltender Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Atlanta Thrashers after he fell backwards on the ice in the first few minutes of the first period against the Washington Capitals at Philips Arena on October 8, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Atlanta Thrashers Goalie Ondrej Pavelec Released From Hospital

Ondrej Pavelec collapsed during the Atlanta Thrashers opening game against the Washington Capitals and has been diagnosed with a concussion.

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Atlanta Thrashers Goalie Ondrej Pavelec Has Concussion, Remains Hospitalized

A little more than 12 hours after collapsing on the ice during the Atlanta Thrashers' 4-2 season-opening win over the Washington Capitals, Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec has been diagnosed with a concussion.

According to a report from Chris Vivlamore in the Atlanta Journal Constitution this afternoon, doctors diagnosed the goalie with a concussion:

It is likely that the concussion was the result of his fall, but nothing is certain at this point. Doctors are most likely still trying to find the cause of the collapse.

Pavelec was alert and responsive after arriving at the hospital. He told me that he is feeling better in a text message early Saturday morning.

The Thrashers recalled goalie Drew MacIntyre from Chicago of the AHL to take Pavelec's roster spot. MacIntyre, 27, has played in just two NHL games, the last coming for Vancouver in the 2007-08 season. But, Chris Mason, Pavelec's backup, will start for Atlanta against the Lightning.

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Thrashers Shake Off Pavelec Scare, Beat Capitals 4-2

Evander Kane scored twice, including a goal on what used to be the most exciting play in hockey, and Chris Mason looked stellar in emergency duty as the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in Atlanta tonight.  While the new-look Thrashers took it to the Capitals, starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was in the hospital undergoing testing after collapsing on the ice two minutes into the game.

Pavelec was attended to by medical personnel, left the ice on a stretcher and was immediately transported to the hospital where he regained consciousness.  Tests were negative and Pavelec was reportedly awake and alert in his room.  Off-season free agent acquisition Chris Mason was called upon in some tough circumstances, facing the best offensive team in the league in emergency duty and it showed early as less than a minute after coming onto the ice, Mason was caught over-committing on an odd-man rush towards Tomas Fleischmann which allowed Fleischmann to slide the puck to Brooks Laich for an easy tap in goal.  After that, Mason setttled down and stopped 29 of the next 30 shots, shutting down the Capitals vaunted offense until late in the game.

Though the headlines will go to Atlanta's goaltenders, the Thrashers controlled the game from the start and after Laich's goal the Thrashers scored three straight goals including two from second-year player Evander Kane, the best player on the ice for either team.  Kane, skating on a line with Rich Peverley and Anthony Stewart, had 7 shots on goal, and controlled the play throughout.  Kane's second goal came on a penalty shot after Mike Green was called for covering the puck with his hand in the crease late in the second period, giving the Thrashers a 3-1 lead.

Atlanta heads to Tampa for another division clash tomorrow night at 7:30, and Washington is home against New Jersey at 7:00.

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Atlanta Thrashers Update Ondrej Pavelec's Condition

The Atlanta Thrashers have updated Ondrej Pavelec's condition:

Preliminary tests were negative. He's awake and alert at the hospital and asking about the score of the game, but will be kept overnight for observation.

Scary moment for Pavelec but it seems for now that he seems to be doing better.

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