There is so little about the current play of the Flyers that is cause for optimism or celebration. The only thing that comes to mind after their three-game set with the Islanders is Oskar Lindblom.
In the 4-3 win that the Flyers had over the Islanders on Thursday, Lindblom was instrumental in the effort. He scored the first and fourth goals for the Flyers, opening the scoring and closing it out for the Flyers to come away with a win that temporarily stopped the bleeding for the team.
His opening tally was a classic effort. He got to the front of the net and buried a rebound opportunity.
His 2nd goal of the game was the result of a won puck battle and a pretty cycling play in which Lindblom let his shot go without hesitation off of a quality pass from Konecny.
Now the next game against the Islanders didn’t exactly go as planned. The Flyers gave up four first period goals and the game was basically over at that point. Lindblom took it upon himself to rally the team and give them a wakeup call. So he dropped the gloves with Oliver Wahlstrom.
Ok well technically he dropped glove with Wahlstrom. Early on Oskar got off a few good shots, but he’s not a fighter. Shortly after the scarp Joel Farabee was able to score the Flyers only goal of the game as the Flyers ended the period with some actual jump.
In the final contest of the three-game set, Lindblom was again the catalyst for the only good thing that happened to the Flyers. He does what goal-scorers do. He gets to the front of the net and puts himself in a position for Claude Giroux (who continues to be a marvel of consistency) to give him a chance to score. The puck would redirect off of Lindblom’s skate/stick but the play was clear.
Lindblom now has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) on the season with three of those goals over his last three games. He is rounding back into the form he was showing last year before his cancer diagnosis. If Lindblom can become something close to the player he was last season that makes the Flyers forward depth respectable and really helps with their ability to balance lines.
Even more importantly it is great to see a bright young man return to the sport he loves and be able to continue his career and finding some success.
The Flyers as a whole will look to right the ship against the Devils tonight at 7 pm.