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Pavelec emerges from scary fall to star

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DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Ondrej Pavelec can't explain how he has emerged from a fainting spell in Atlanta's opener to become one of the NHL's top goalies.

Whatever the reason, he just wants to help the Thrashers keep winning.

The Thrashers have won two straight and eight of nine, thanks in part to Pavelec, the 23-year-old goalie who fainted early in the Oct. 8 opener, sustained a concussion and was sidelined for three weeks.

Pavelec (9-5-2) won't say if he envisioned having the NHL's second-best save percentage and goals-against average while he underwent weeks of physical testing and trips to a neurologist.

Instead, he prefers to talk about a young Atlanta club that has the league's best power-play percentage and a defense that ranks second in takeaways and third in blocked shots.

Pavelec's save percentage (.947) is 45 points higher - and his goals-against average (1.71) is 1.62 lower - than the numbers he produced in his first 61 career NHL games.

He dismisses such comparisons, though, with 54 games left on the regular-season schedule.

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