Enforcer displays his touch

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET


 SAN JOSE -- Krzysztof Oliwa didn't hear the news until moments before the warmup.

 A healthy scratch last outing, he figured he'd again be watching from a press box perch in yesterday's series opener.

 However, with Dave Lowry out due to an unspecified injury, Oliwa was back in action.

 He made the most of it, too.

 Oliwa's hands are known more for inflicting a different kind of damage but he proved to have a goal-scorer's touch when he opened the scoring in the 4-3 overtime victory.

 "It's nice but at the same time, it doesn't matter. It's good to get goals but it's better to get a win. We have to focus on the next game and get it," he said.

 Having been through a few playoff runs, Oliwa knows his status for every game is always up in the air. However, he's proven more than capable of handling it all, having scored twice during the Flames' post-season party.

 "You have to be ready," he said. "In the playoffs, there's going to be injuries so you have to be prepared for the opportunity to play.

 "Everybody is part of it, even the guys who don't play. Some guys sit out and it's hard to watch from upstairs but any given night you might get an opportunity to make a difference.

 "I'm just happy we've won."

 His teammates were just as happy to see him display a golden touch midway through the first period.

 Parked at the side of the net, Oliwa was Johnny on the spot for a rebound, which he took off his skate to his backhand and flipped past Evgeni Nabokov.

 "I was just happy it went into the net. There wasn't much to it," he said, downplaying any superlatives about his move. "Winning is more exciting than anything else."


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