Playing with a full face mask protecting his fractured cheekbone, Ivanans still played a physical game against the Ducks on Sunday. He had pounded Kent Huskins into the boards in the first period and was called for boarding. He was involved in two heated gatherings in the first period but was limited in what he could do in that situation.
“It feels all right. I can still do the same things except the fighting. I have to be patient. It’s frustrating when there’s scrums and stuff and you can’t really go 100 percent, but that’s the way it is. I’ll be better in a couple of weeks.”
There was one scuffle late in the first period when Ivanans tried to come to the defense of Jack Johnson, who was hit hard into boards. A Ducks player — I believe it might have been Todd Marchant but I’m not positive — grabbed at Ivanans mask and pulled it up a bit before letting go.
“That’s how the Ducks are — dirty,” Ivanans said. “Of course it gets you mad. There’s nothing I can do right now except grab a guy and say a few words.”