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Flyers' Lindblom gets warm welcome back from Penguins, fans

On anniversary of Lemieux's return 23 years earlier, young forward applauded

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Lindblom honored by fans

PHI@PIT: Pittsburgh fans give Lindblom an ovation

Oskar Lindblom was honored by fans for his battle with Ewing's sarcoma on the anniversary of Mario Lemieux's return after Hodgkin's diagnosis

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It's not often a Philadelphia Flyers player gets a warm welcome at PPG Paints Arena, but it is understandable why Oskar Lindblom would be the exception.

The Flyers forward was playing his first game in Pittsburgh against the rival Penguins since he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma on December 10, 2019.

On the same date in 1993, March 2, Penguins legend Mario Lemieux made his return from battling Hodgkin's lymphoma. Lemieux's return came on the road, coincidentally, in Philadelphia against the Flyers.

On Tuesday, the Penguins put the anniversary of Lemieux's return up on the scoreboard before a segue to Lindblom's first game back in Pittsburgh.

Lindblom received a nice ovation from the crowd in attendance and stick taps from both clubs as a welcome back.

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