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Washington Capitals Announcer On Caps And Thrashers Responding To Ondrej Pavelec's Collapse

SB Nation D.C. interviewed Washington Capitals announcer Steve Kolbe about the Caps' season so far and how certain personnel moves are playing out. They also asked Kolbe about the team's response to Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec passing out two minutes into the NHL season:

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SB Nation D.C.: After the season opener with the Thrashers a lot of people were making a big fuss because the Caps lost, but that game was kind of odd. You had the situation with Ondrej Pavelec in the first period and it was also the debut of all the former Blackhawks. Was there really any reason to read too much into that loss?

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Steve Kolbe: No, I don't think so. Obviously your season's not going to be determined by just one game. I know everyone wants to win the opener no matter if it's home or on the road, and you're absolutely right that the game got off to an interesting start. It's good news for Ondrej Pavelec that he's ok now, but you've got to think on both benches, not just the Thrashers bench, but on the Capitals side as well that they may have taken a little steam out of the game.

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And Atlanta played a good game. They played a good defensive game against the Capitals, they got timely goals, but a season isn't going to be dictated on just one game.

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