Will Lowry stay or will he go now?

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:45 PM ET


 Most Flames fans were pleasantly surprised with Dave Lowry's contribution in Calgary's Game 5 win.

 But the veteran's solid play didn't cause Calgary head coach Darryl Sutter's brow to rise even slightly.

 "He's been champing at the bit," Sutter said yesterday. "He's 12 or 13 weeks post-surgery so he was ready to go.

 "It was just a matter of when and how we could use him."

 When Ville Nieminen was handed a one-game suspension for his hit on Curtis Joseph late in Game 4, Sutter gave his 39-year-old vet the nod.

 "At the end, you weigh enthusiasm and experience and what he brought (Saturday) was both," Sutter said. "Enthusiasm without experience sometimes leads to mistakes.

 "He's a perfect playoff-type player because he's going to keep it simple. He's going to get in the tough areas, he's not going to take penalties and he's got a lot under his belt. He knows the system and that's the biggest reason you put him in.

 "Those two areas combined with him knowing exactly where he's gotta be in situations. That's not something you want to be teaching at this time of the year."

 Sutter, forced to play most of the playoffs with whatever healthy bodies he could find, now has the luxury of having to make some tough lineup decisions.

 Nieminen will be back. And Chris Simon is close to returning as well.

 Sutter yesterday refused to say whether he would consider keeping Lowry, who played 12:38 in Game 5, in the lineup.


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