ATLANTA -- Until this weekend, Kings forward Anze Kopitar thought of Ducks forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf as enemies.
After sitting beside them in the West All-Stars' locker room this weekend, Kopitar gained a new appreciation for his rivals.
"We actually became good friends," he said Sunday. "It doesn't really matter if we're Kings and Ducks. They're good guys off the ice. On the ice that's the job and we kind of have to maybe hate each other, but now we can respect each other."
The five players who represented the Kings and Ducks acquitted themselves well in the East's 8-7 victory over the West.
Kopitar didn't score, but he had the crowd gasping when he flicked a deft pass over the net to linemate Mike Ribiero, who almost scored.
"Those are the games that you just have to try that sometimes," Kopitar said, the youngest player on either team at 20.