I think we can all agree 2020, the Cats of years (a 20-percent Rotten Tomatoes score might be generous), is in desperate need of whimsy. Enter Oskar Lindblom, who returned home this week after the top-seeded Flyers were eliminated from the NHL postseason. Back after a two-month Toronto (one of the NHL’s two designated “hub” cities) rendezvous, Lindblom’s first order of business was to give his pup a well-deserved belly rub. Any dog-lover can appreciate this heartwarming reunion.
It’s hard not to root for Lindblom who, against all odds, returned to the Flyers’ lineup for Games 6 and 7 of their semifinals series against the Islanders just nine months after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The 24-year-old forward wrapped up his chemotherapy treatments in July and was cleared to return shortly after.
Obviously, the season didn’t end the way Lindblom and the Flyers would have wanted it to, but the future is still bright for Philadelphia. The Flyers were arguably ahead of schedule in 2020, gaining the Eastern Conference’s top seed a year after missing the playoffs entirely. Now free from any on-ice responsibilities, Lindblom can spend the offseason walking and petting his canine companion to his heart’s content. Not a bad silver lining if you ask me.