In addition to the loud fan voices from the Wells Fargo Center scoreboard, there was no stage cheering on Wednesday night to celebrate the return of Oskar Lindblom and Nolan Patrick.
Fans have to support the Flyers’ twin young strikers from home as they watch their squad defeat the Penguins 6-3 in the opening of the 2020-21 regular season.
The Flyers, a team with a truly unselfish and tight bond in the locker room, made sure that the meaning of Lindblom and Patrick bringing home the ice again went unnoticed.
They were fans on a Wednesday night. They have always been fans of Lindblom and Patrick.
“Both were encouraged by their teammates before the game,”; said Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault.
Lindblom’s first goal since he defeated cancer was apropos with a 4-3 lead flyer.In the third period, Lindblom was battling his tail to keep the puck in front of the net. He was sandwiched by two penguins before Konecny picked up the puck and flipped it through the pile in the crease. The original goal, credited to Konecny, converted to Lindblom less than two hours after the game.
Konecny called it
“It’s really Oskar’s goal, so I think it’s better for me than I can get,” Konecny said. “If you look at the highlights, it will come off Oskar’s head and into the net. It is deserved
“You know what you get with Osky every night, he’s a reliable player – if his hands don’t go, his work ethic is there, he’s always in the right place, and if he stays on, he doesn’t.” You give Puke and let him do his “
During the breakout season, Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December 2019.He completed radiation therapy at a Pennsylvania hospital in July, where It is considered that he has no evidence of cancer. He surprisingly played two games in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs in the Toronto bubble. But Wednesday night was the 24-year-old’s first game to be played in Philadelphia as his life and career faced cancer last season.
“I’ll say this: One of my disappointments at tonight’s game was that Oscar played his first game at Wells Fargo since December 2019 and he wasn’t given the opportunity to play in front of the Flyers fans who had him. Encouraged and loved him very much It deserves to come back after battling cancer, ”Vigneault said.“ I think going in. I talked to Oskar about it a little after the game. It should have been phenomenal to play this game tonight. Oskar is back. With this place full of fans, and for the first time he stepped on ice, he I’m sure he will receive the encouragement he deserves. “
Another player supported by teammates during the effort, Patrick played his first NHL game since April 2, 2019, after missing out on last season entirely because of migraine. General Manager Chuck Fletcher called Patrick “the greatest story of the camp” because the 22-year-old striker was not only able to join him. But also outstanding, as if he hadn’t gone over 650 days without playing an NHL game.
A third-line center of skill and size, Power Play goals and won eight team encounters.
“Nolan came back on the ice and played the way he played from the first day of training,” Vigneault said. “These are all positive signs for those young men and a good sign for our team.”
Konecny is close friends with Patrick, the two share a short time before they pick up the ice.
“I was in the locker room and hugged him and said it was great to see him back here,” Konecny said. “No matter what happened, it’s nice to have him in the locker room. He’s funny. Bringing a lot of energy into the room, no matter what he does tonight, his presence lifted our team, I told him and just Tell him to have fun
“It was fun watching Patti, now he’s in a really good position, it’s nice to see him having fun again and not worrying about all the stats and how he will play when he comes back, he’s just having fun. Playing hockey, he works hard, he deserves a prize there, he put a lot of time and effort to get to where he is now and it’s scary, he can only get better. “
Lindblom and Patrick made a lot of sense for the Flyers’ 2020-21 season, they showed why Wednesday night after teammates showed their love.
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