The Philadelphia flyers prevented elimination this Thursday again and received a boost from the return of Oskar Lindblom to the lineup. This marked the first game action since he had been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma.
I tried to think positively during the whole chemo. I knew I was going to play one day, but I didn’t know when. Today was the day, and I was lucky to be there with these guys.Lindblom
When Lindblom played the Islanders, he played 17:30 in the 5-4 double-overtime to help Philadelphia force a Game 7.
This kid has so much courage, I mean, he played unbelievable, too. He hasn’t played since — I’m not seven sure. It’s been a long time. It’s been a long battle. And this guy’s heart — you’ve got to see it to believe it.captain Claude Giroux
Lindblom who is 24 was diagnosed with bone cancer late last year. Lindblom was in Philadelphia receiving chemotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania’s hospital throughout the season. His final treatment was completed in July.
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According to Coach Alain Vigneault, the assistant coaches and medical staff had been monitoring his health since he fell sick.
I talked to him this morning, considering our situation this morning, I knew [Sean Couturier] wasn’t gonna be in. I knew Joel [Farrabee] wasn’t going to be in. I asked him how he felt and told him how I was going to use him.Vigneault
For the past 271 days, Lindblom hadn’t played a game. Vigneault said Lindblom made use of the forward more than he expected since the game went to double overtime.
It’s hard to step in in a playoff game, especially one of these we have to win.Oskar Lindblom
The Flyers have shown their faith in the Swedish forward after he was awarded a three-year, $9 million extension following the completion of his chemo.
I don’t think there’s anything that can describe how proud we all are of him, how much he means for our organization and our team.goalie Carter Hart