By Jerry Wein
Oskar Lindblom’s return was met by stick taps from players from both sides and applause from the officials.
“It’s amazing. It’s something great for the whole hockey community,” Michael Raffl said of Lindblom’s return from his bout with cancer. “The guy was battling for something else than just a hockey game, and he came out on top.”
“I was trying to think positive thoughts throughout the whole chemo,” Lindblom said. “I knew I’d play one day, but I didn’t know when. Today was the day and I was lucky to be out there and be with these guys.
“It’s hard to step in to a playoff game, especially one of these when you have to win. Tried to grind it out and luckily we came out with a win here.”
Lindblom had three shot attempts, two hits and one block in 17:30 of ice time in a 5-4 double overtime win to cause Game 7.
Welcome back, @oskarlindblom!
— NHL (@NHL) September 3, 2020