Alain Vigneault, Claude Giroux commend Flyers fans for saluting Oskar Lindblom


Alain Vigneault is new to Philadelphia.

Claude Giroux is the city's longest-tenured athlete, going back to 2008.

As they watched Flyers fans give Oskar Lindblom a loud and lengthy standing ovation Saturday night, both shared the same sentiment.

They were moved — but not surprised.

Lindblom, the team's 23-year-old forward who is undergoing treatment for Ewing's sarcoma, was shown on the Jumbotron during the first period of the Flyers-Lightning game.

The crowd of 19,866 fans saluted Lindblom for the entire stoppage of play (see story/video).

It was outstanding," Vigneault said Monday after morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center. "You can tell he was a little not at ease there, he’s a pretty shy young man, but it was great to see the fans’ support. I expected nothing less from these great fans and this great crowd that we have here.

I think it gave goose bumps to everybody watching there.

Giroux, the 32-year-old captain, has mentioned how it's not just the team behind Lindblom, "it’s the whole city.”

Lindblom saw the Flyers at practice Friday before attending Saturday night's game.

The visit meant everything to the Flyers. The ovation was special, too.

That was to be expected," Giroux said. "Philadelphia, they’re really good at sticking together. I was very excited for Oskar to be able to come to the game. We’d love to spend more time with him, he’s going through a lot right now and we want to be there for him, but it’s a little hard for us to kind of do that. But he’s a strong kid, his attitude is unbelievable and it was great to see.

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