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Lindblom meets with Flyers, coaching staff after win

Forward battling Ewing's sarcoma inspires teammates by showing up in locker room

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers had more than a win to celebrate Saturday.

Forward Oskar Lindblom, who has been receiving treatment for Ewing's sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, met with the players and staff after Philadelphia's 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Wells Fargo Center.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: The warmest of welcomes (and smiles) back to the locker room. #OskarStrong 💜

"It's awesome," defenseman Justin Braun said. "The smile. This is a great guy to have around. Just kind of brightens your day. The fact that he's doing well and he's able to come to the rink and see the boys is just fantastic."

Lindblom received the silver helmet the Flyers award to the player of the game, and took a photo with director of medical services Jim McCrossin, who was honored before the game with a plaque for working his 2,000th NHL game.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: The Helmet goes to our toughest. #OskarStrong 💜

"He looks good," said forward Sean Couturier. "It was awesome seeing him. He's going through a lot and we are there for him. Anytime we can hang out with him, it is always nice."

The Flyers announced Lindblom was ill Dec. 13. He will not play again this season but has occasionally visited with the team at practices and after games. He has not spoken publicly since his diagnosis.

"Makes everybody feel good," coach Alain Vigneault said of seeing Lindblom. "There's no doubt that we're all behind him. His teammates are obviously checking up on him on a regular basis, so is the whole staff, but to see him live is beautiful."

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