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Thrashers goalie collapses in opening minutes

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ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec collapsed to the ice in the early minutes of the season-opening game against the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

The team says the 23-year-old Pavelec lost consciousness and has been taken to a hospital for further evaluation. Thrashers officials released no other information on his condition.

There was a whistle at the opposite end of the ice when Pavelec suddenly fell over backward with no one around just 2:25 into the game. His teammates rushed to his aid and immediately called for doctors and a stretcher to be brought to the ice.

Medical personnel worked over him for about 10 minutes before he was wheeled off the ice.

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