Nick Shore Scores, Talks Monarchs Taking 3-0 Lead in ECF

Shore AHL Manchester playoffs 2015 by TiltonLos Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore scored the first goal of the game and Manchester went on to earn a 5-3 victory in Game 3, now giving them a 3-0 series lead in the AHL Eastern Conference Final. Following the Monarchs win, the 22-year-old center shared the following…

On the game overall:

“I think there’s a lot we can take out of this game. Obviously we’re happy with the win and the opportunity to close them out here tomorrow. Our focus is learn from this one, sharpen up a couple things and be ready for tomorrow.”

On if it feels good to be a win away from the Calder Cup Final after missing the playoffs with the Kings:

“Yeah, it’s awesome. We have a really good group of guys in there that I think worked extremely hard all year to be where we are and to put ourselves in this position. One more win until we’re in the Finals, but we’re just focused on tomorrow night right now and closing it out.”

On not being the guy that’s on the stat sheet as often as he was early in the year:

“Well at this point in the year and throughout the entire year, no one really cares who gets it done. That line (Weal-Mersch-O’Neill) has been great for us this entire playoff run so far. But like I said, we’ve got a great group of guys in there, no one cares who’s putting the puck in the net or anything like that. Everyone cares about the en result, which is getting a win.”

On what they have to do to close the series out on Wednesday:

“Just come out and play our game. We’re confident that if we play the way we can, we’re going to have a good chance to beat anybody. Just looking forward to tomorrow.”

On what makes this group capable of responding at the right times:

“Yeah certainly I think we have a lot of timely plays, throughout the playoffs and everything. We go down and give up a power play goal there and then we bounce right back. At times like that it’s big for us to bounce back when certain things don’t go our way. But it’s a very resilient group’ and like I said, we’re really confident, so we feel we’re going to have a good chance every night.”

On how to improve the penalty kill:

“We just need to stay out of the box. The best penalty kill is not taking penalties, but we’ll take a look at it and clear some things up for tomorrow. Hopefully we can spend less time in the box and play five on five where we feel our best.”

On the bus ride down to Hartford:

“Not bad. I guess we’re used to it, throughout the entire year you’re bussing and playing. Not a huge difference at this point.”

MORE COVERAGE FROM GAME 3:

Full game analysis, video highlights, and line combinations

J.F. Berube After Backstopping Monarchs to ECF Game 3 Victory

Coach Mike Stothers Talks Monarchs ECF Game 3 Victory

Andrew Bodnarchuk on Monarchs Win in Game 3 (and playoff beards)

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