The Philadelphia Flyers held this season’s Hockey Fight Cancer night on Sunday against the Islanders. They didn’t win the game, unfortunately, as the Islanders took it in overtime on a bit of a fluky goal. However, that doesn’t take away the special night for Oskar Lindblom.
It was Oskar Lindblom’s night and that was evident from the jump.
Lindblom led the team onto the ice for warmups and got his own solo lap to bask in the moment.
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Then, the rest of the team followed him wearing Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys with “LINDBLOM” and No. 23 on the back.
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The Flyers all wearing Lindblom jerseys for warmups was a really special touch.
Lindblom is an inspiration for many and he’s just happy to be able to play again.
“A lot of emotions,” he said of the special night. “To be able to play this game again, play in the NHL, it’s the best league in the world, and still manage to be out there and compete, so it’s a great feeling. I’m just happy to be able to play here and play again.”
The Flyers made sure it was a special night for Oskar Lindblom. During the first commercial break, he received a tribute and standing ovation from nearly everyone in the building.
Lindblom didn’t expect anything during the game and was overcome with emotions.
“I didn’t expect myself to react like that. I didn’t know there was supposed to be anything about me during the game, so it was emotional,” he said. “I was just trying to hold it together and focus on the game, but amazing moment and I will remember that for the rest of my life.”
Lindblom wiped away a tear on the bench and fought back a few more, and who can blame him? He has come a long way since December 2019 and deserves to be recognized for it.
Lindblom had a lot of big moments on his journey and said that this game was special in a different way.
“It was emotional, to be honest. I didn’t expect to react like that when I skated on the ice,” he said. “Just a lot of emotion and try to take it all in and focus on the game, but it was tough. It’s been a tough year, or more than a year. Like I said, to be able to be out with this team, it’s amazing.”
The Flyers played well, perhaps energized by Lindblom’s special night, and took it to the Islanders in the first two periods.
“Obviously, a special night. I think that’s part of the reason we had so much jump tonight,” Travis Sanheim said. “What he’s gone through, I think it was nice for him. I think he did the solo lap before, so it made it even cooler with what he’s been through. It just goes to show the support that we have for him and I think that he took it away.
Lindblom is loved by his teammates and always brings a good attitude to the rink. He’s a ray of sunshine on and off the ice.
It’s unfortunate that the Flyers couldn’t pull this one out, but they now have three days off to recharge and reset. Oskar Lindblom and the Flyers will be back in action on Thursday in New York.