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Pavelec has concussion, undergoing more tests

Saturday, 10.09.2010 / 1:10 PM / News

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Pavelec has concussion, undergoing more tests
Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has been diagnosed with a concussion and remains in an area hospital, the team announced Saturday.

The Thrashers, who play in Tampa Bay on Saturday night, have recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre from their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

Pavelec collapsed on the ice 2:25 into the first period of Friday's season opener against the Capitals and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. Pavelec, who was unconscious for a brief period, "has a concussion and a subsequent headache but is fully alert and doing well. He remains in the hospital and will undergo further testing," the Thrashers said in a statement.

Chris Mason relieved Pavelec and made 29 saves in a 4-2 Atlanta victory.

MacIntyre appeared in the Wolves' season-opening game on Oct. 8, turning aside 25 shots. The 6-1, 190-pound goaltender has appeared in two NHL games with Vancouver during the 2007-08 campaign, earning a 0-1-0 record. He has also made 197 career AHL appearances with Chicago, Grand Rapids, Manitoba and Milwaukee, posting a 111-67-10 record.

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