Video: Kopitar scores twice in winning effort.

Anze Kopitar made the most of his second All-Star Game invite Sunday, scoring two goals as Team Nicklas Lidstrom came back from down 4-0 to beat Team Eric Staal 11-10.

It was just an exhibition of course, but Kopitar’s first goal started the “big comeback.” With 9:50 left to play in the first period, he got the Lidstroms on the board with this forehand-to-backhand move:

Then, with his side down 6-4 at 10:08 of the second period, Kopitar finished this pretty sequence with Dallas’ Loui Eriksson:

Kopitar’s final stat line: 16:10 time on ice, 10 shifts, two goals, three shots, no assists, 6-7 on faceoffs, three takeaways and one giveaway. Shame on him.

Chicago’s Patrick Sharp was named the game’s MVP – a curious choice considering that his team lost, and his three points (one goal, two assists) were matched or eclipsed by five players, including four on the winning team. One guess: Sharp was credited with three assists in the first period. One assist was taken back during the second period, but some of the voting contingent literally might not have gotten the memo before their votes were cast.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.