Rookie Series: Post game comments from Kozun and Shore

Post-game comments from Brandon Kozun and Nick Shore following the Kings 3-2 win over the Ducks in El Segundo…

Kozun on his cut up mouth after being high sticked:

“I’m fine. It was just a high stick. It happens in hockey, it’s part of the game…a little painful, but I’ll get over it.”

Kozun on his overall performance:

“I thought it was alright tonight. First game in four months or so I was trying to get my legs underneath me. At the end of the day we got a win so that’s all that really matters…I had a little bit of nerves at the beginning but I tried to get them out a little bit early by throwing a few hits and trying to get in the game that way. I felt like as the game went on, the nerves started to go away and I started to get more comfortable. I think as we go on and I start to play more, I’ll be able to get better.”

Kozun on the Ducks having any early advantage:

“It’s the beginning of the year. Not a lot of guys have played a lot of games over the summer. There was a lot of people watching so especially for the younger guys I bet there was a bit of nerves. I thought we did a good job of weathering the storm and came back at them.”

Kozun on if it helped having some familiar guys on the ice with him:

“Oh yeah, definitely. I think we did a pretty good job. We kept most of their chances to the outside and our goalies played huge for us. At the end of the day, we got the win and we’ll try and build off that.”

Kozun on any adjustments he needs to make going into main camp:

“I think everyday you just try to get better and better. You try to soak everything in and learn from the guys who have played there. For me, it’s just trying to improve my game day-by-day and get ready for the year to come.”

Kozun on making incremental improvements in camp:

“You’re here to show what you can do and you’re trying to get comfortable again and get into mid-season form. That’s the point of training camp, right? You want to get all your skills back to where it was. It’s coming, I wouldn’t say it’s fully there, but it’s coming.”

Shore on his overall performance:

“I think it went well. Obviously, it was a good experience for me. I think in b0th games, a little common thing we started slow there a little bit, but I think towards the ends of both games we started playing a lot better. We;ll see how it goes.”

Shore on if he feels like he came in ahead of the curve compared to some guys:

“I’m not sure. I knew that coming in after my junior season at DU, there was going to be an opportunity for me to come out of school early. Obviously, I was talking to the Kings a lot and that was the right decision for me. I’m just really happy to be here at this point.”

Shore on his time with the Black Aces being a possible advantage:

“I don’t know if it’s an advantage but certainly it helps get that experience. You get a little bit of a feel to the pro lifestyle, just being apart of that Black Ace program was really good for me. It definitely gave me a little jump start for the summer.”

Shore on the game being more chippy or rough than Saturday in Anaheim:

“Yeah, certainly. I think it’s just a common thing between the two teams, that was the first game that people have played since our season ended last year. There’s bound to be a little bit of that stuff, but we’re just glad that we got out of here with two wins.”

Shore on the importance of winning both games in the series:

“I don’t think we went out there with any intention not to win the game. That was our main focus heading in, but at the same point obviously there is the development point of it. But we’re very happy to get the two wins.”

Shore on what he’s looking to accomplish during main camp later this week:

“I’m not sure. This had definitely been a great opportunity for me so far. I’m relatively new to this – this is going to be my first time experience in camp, right now. So, I’m just sort of going in with a positive attitude and hoping for the best.”

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