After Bo Horvat and the Pacific Division were eliminated by the Central Division, losing 6-4, in the first 20-minute game on Saturday afternoon, Brock Nelson, Ilya Sorokin, and the Metropolitan Division All-Stars took the ice against the Atlantic Division and were also eliminated, falling 10-6.
Trailing 4-3 after the first ten minutes, behind Johnny Gaudreau, the Metro stars took a 6-4 lead, and Sorokin made several impressive saves early against some of the best scorers in the NHL. But then the Atlantic Division exploded for six unanswered goals, including two from Matthew Tkachuk, who was playing with his brother Brady.
Brock Nelson played a team-low 5:36 TOI and did not record a point a day after winning the NHL accuracy shootout competition. Ilya Sorokin stopped 8 of 13 shots he faced in his first All-Star Game but got rave reviews throughout the day for his goalie equipment setup.
"It was great, but, at the same time, I want to get going," said Horvat. "That's enough now. Time to start playing some games and get going with the guys." During the game, Horvat was caught on a mic telling his former Vancouver Canucks teammate Elias Pettersson that they needed to connect for a goal "one last time." They did precisely that.
The next time Horvat hits the ice it will with his new teammates as they start back their season Monday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers.