Steve Sullivan didn't exactly have the most joyful of words when discussing his new clear full-face plastic shield.

"I wouldn't be wearing it if I didn't have to," Sullivan said. "I don't want to wear it, but I don't have a choice."

Sullivan was hit in the face near his left eye by a puck Thursday against Vancouver. In order to continue playing, Sullivan needed to wear the full plastic visor. He said he hasn't worn such an apparatus in about 20 years, and it has taken some getting used to.

He said the shield prevents airflow to his face, "I'm just sucking back in my own air," Sullivan said.

Also, the mask has blocked some of his vision of the ice.

"The game is fast enough as it is. If you have to bury your head to look where the puck is, it's tougher to make a play," Sullivan said.

The facemask also forced Sullivan to wear a different style of helmet for the first time in his career. That also has taken an adjustment period.

"It fits a little differently," Sullivan said. "The pressure points are a little different so you have to get used to that. But the visor is the big deal."