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Just 2 minutes and 25 seconds into the Atlanta Thrashers' opening game at home against the Washington Capitals, goalie Ondrej Pavelec(notes) suddenly collapsed in his crease; medical personnel rushed to his aid and he was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Warning: The following video, from Comcast SportsNet D.C.'s coverage, may be disturbing to some viewers:

Here's what happened after the commercial break:

Chris Mason(notes) of the Thrashers took over in goal. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more details:

According to team officials, Pavelec, 23, was taken to an undisclosed local hospital for further evaluation. Pavelec later regained consciousness according to a person familiar with the situation. Pavelec collapsed while the action was at the other end of the ice, just 2:25 into the game. Medical personnel immediately rushed to Pavelec's aid after he was spreadout on the ice.

UPDATE: Ben Wright of the Thrashers has been updating fans via Twitter on Pavelec's condition:

Prelim tests were negative. Is awake and alert at the hospital and asking about score of game. Will be kept overnight for observation. Thrashers players were told during first intermission that Pavelec was okay.

Wright also said that Thrashers defenseman Dustin Byfuglien(notes) "stood up and told team to win it for Pavelec." Which they did, 4-2, over the Washington Capitals.

Here is postgame video featuring Atlanta players talking about Pavelec's collapse. His agent, Allan Walsh, wrote via Twitter: "For everyone that has reached out sending thoughts and prayers to Ondrej Pavelec, thank you. He is stable, awake + happy Atla won the game."

UPDATE 10/9: The Thrashers announced this morning that Pavelec suffered a concussion, but is alert is doing okay. He'll stay in the hospital for further testing.

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