Philadelphia Flyers: Oskar Lindblom Returns to the Lineup
For the first time since December 7, Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom returned to the lineup for the first time since being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma.
It didn’t seem to be about wins or losses last night for Philadelphia. The biggest story of the game was just Lindblom returning to the game for the series against the New York Islanders for Game 6.
Everyone tapped their sticks on the ice before the game out of respect for his comeback. It was a great story despite the Philadelphia Flyers defeating the New York Islanders in Game 6 by a score of 5-4 in double overtime.
Ivan Provorov scored the game-winning goal with 4:57 remaining (15:03 time elapsed) in double overtime. Game 7 of this series will be on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC right after the Kentucky Derby.
We will see if head coach Alain Vigneault decides to play Lindblom again in Game 7.
Oskar Lindblom is only 24 years old. He was a fifth-round pick (138th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Lindblom is from Gavle, Sweden.
During 30 regular-season games, Lindblom scored 11 goals and recorded seven assists. His plus/minus was 4.
He didn’t score a goal or record an assist in Game 6. His plus/minus rating during that game was even though.
It appears as if Oskar Lindblom is the heartbeat of this team. Lindblom is an inspiration and he has inspired all to do better as people.
It is a very good thing to see him back on the ice and playing hockey again. If for some odd reason the Philadelphia Flyers were to win it all this season, there is no doubt in my mind that captain Claude Giroux would hand him the Stanley Cup first.
They have not won it all since the 1974-1975 season against the Buffalo Sabres in six games.
Oskar Lindblom is a very talented player. He is one of the better younger players on this roster though. Lindblom could be on the Top 6 moving forward, but he is more likely to play a third-line or a fourth-line role in the meantime to ease himself back into the game that he loves to play in hockey though.
This is an amazing story. If these were normal circumstances, Oskar Lindblom would have not seen the ice until next season because the Stanley Cup Finals would have ended in June. However but because of these unforeseen circumstances, we have the Stanley Cup Playoffs being played in August and September and maybe October though.
The beginning of December will most likely be the start of the next hockey season though. In the meantime, let’s enjoy the Stanley Cup Playoffs with three Game 7’s on tap and also the return of Oskar Lindblom because he completed all of his cancer treatments though.
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