Oliwa doesn't waste a second

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

 Flames fans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for the tough guy.

 From Tim Hunter to Rocky Thompson, the Saddledome faithful have continuously shown their appreciation for the job of the enforcer.

  It's certainly no different for Krzysztof Oliwa. He doesn't get on the ice very often but when the 6-ft. 5-in., 240-pounder does come over the boards, the Sea of Red takes notice.

 The chants of 'O-li-wa, O-li-wa' begin immediately after No. 33 throws a big hit in the corner.

 "It's nice to have the fans behind you and to have them screaming your name," Oliwa says.

 "But you have to stay focused on what's happening on the ice and there's no longer individuals here.

 "It's a high when you get it done and you're successful."

 Oliwa was successful in Game 4. His first-period shift in which he beat a Red Wings defender in a footrace to negate an icing, cycled the puck effectively and then set up camp directly in front of Curtis Joseph, led to a couple of great scoring chances.

 "It's the little things, they make a difference," Oliwa says of the shift that had fans whipped into a frenzy.

 "That's what got us here to begin with.We could have scored from that and we almost did."

 Oliwa, who also threw a couple of big hits on the forecheck, was rewarded with 4:42 of ice time, up slightly from his post-season average of 3:44.

 But it's not about how much ice time he gets. It's about what he does while he's out there.

 "We all want to step up.

 "It doesn't matter who gets the goals anymore as long as we're successful at the end of the night."


Videos

Photos