Wayne Simmonds

Wayne Simmonds, Devils show support for Flyers' Oskar Lindblom as 'Oskar Strong' shirts expand

Wayne Simmonds, Devils show support for Flyers' Oskar Lindblom as 'Oskar Strong' shirts expand

Standing in the Lincoln Financial Field locker room, with eye black still on his face, Oskar Lindblom smiled when asked about Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers had just finished a 4-3 OT win over the Penguins in an unforgettable Stadium Series game. Simmonds and his teammates shared an emotional moment in the locker room.

Lindblom soaked in the scene.

"That was cool," Lindblom said on Feb. 23 last season. "All those guys, they're the core of the group. To see them talk and just be around them, that's good for all of us. We can learn so much from them and they're good leaders. It was great."

The night turned out to be Simmonds' final game in orange and black as the beloved power forward was traded two days later. Lindblom and Simmonds are no longer teammates, but they're still brothers.

On Friday, Simmonds and his new team the Devils showed their support for Lindblom, the Flyers’ 23-year-old forward from Sweden who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma last month.

The support through "Oskar Strong" shirts continues to expand. The shirts can be purchased at BiscuitTees.com, with all proceeds benefiting the NHL's "Hockey Fights Cancer" initiative.

Kim Parent, co-owner/artist for BiscuitTees.com and the daughter of Flyers great Bernie Parent, told NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com Friday that the company has raised nearly $200,000.

The Rangers sported the shirts for their game against the Flyers on Dec. 23. Per Parent, the Wild and Coyotes have also purchased them. The Flyers play Arizona on Saturday (8 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

BiscuitTees.com has also shipped shirts to Alex Lyon for the goalie and his AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley teammates to wear.

Incredibly, the shirts have reached Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Latvia, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, per Parent.

"Strong," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said of Lindblom. "He’s like the hockey community, he’s going to have a lot of support and he’s going to get through this."

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Joel Farabee, Sean Couturier (banged up?) deliver in Flyers' show-me win over Devils

Joel Farabee, Sean Couturier (banged up?) deliver in Flyers' show-me win over Devils

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The Flyers exhibited plenty of character Friday night to pick up a 4-3 shootout win over the Devils at the Prudential Center.

Head coach Alain Vigneault challenged his group, specifically the core pieces, following consecutive losses to divisional opponents by a combined score of 12-4.

It wasn't pretty, but the Flyers (6-5-1) answered behind Sean Couturier, Joel Farabee and Carter Hart to beat the Devils (2-5-4) for the second time this season.

• Couturier might be banged up and he still came through in a show-me game for the Flyers.

The do-it-all center put up a goal, an assist and scored the only tally in the shootout.

Couturier, who had the second-best faceoff win percentage (57.1) among the NHL's top-20 players in draws taken last season, took just three faceoffs Friday. Travis Konecny was in the dot more than Couturier, who never took fewer than six draws in a game last season.

Couturier lost his only three faceoffs Friday, while Konecny went 7 for 9. It's something to watch.

"I'm not feeling 100 percent," Couturier told reporters in Newark, New Jersey. "It's part of the season, it's a long season, you've got to battle through injuries. I'm just trying to do what I can to help the team win.

"Just cautious, being day to day … should be fine."

• Farabee picked a clutch time to score his first career NHL goal. The Flyers had just fallen behind, 3-2, on a deflating marker in the final frame.

The 19-year-old got everyone up a minute and a half later. At Boston University last season, Farabee ranked among the country's top 10 in game-winning goals. He has a knack for timely playmaking, exactly what the Flyers needed when they summoned him from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

• Hart, who had a 5.56 goals-against average over his previous four games and hadn't won since Oct. 9 against the Devils, made 23 saves on 26 shots. He responded well and two of the three goals came when the Flyers were shorthanded.

On the first tally, Philippe Myers let Wayne Simmonds backdoor him for a 1-0 New Jersey lead in the opening period. On the second marker, Travis Sanheim lost his footing, which allowed Nico Hischier to attack the net, shrink the Flyers' coverage and set up a wide-open shot for Sami Vatanen, tying the game at 2-2 in the middle stanza.

• Justin Braun has had a rough go 12 games into his Flyers career. He has an excellent stick, but he's 32 years old and not moving well.

It really showed Friday night on Taylor Hall's go-ahead goal midway through the third period. Braun is a team-worst minus-9 on the season and the Flyers need him to be better.

• Konecny and Oskar Lindblom have not skipped a beat this season.

The two have 24 combined points through the Flyers' first 12 games.

Last season, they had eight combined points through the Flyers' first 12 games.

• During the first period, Matt Niskanen delivered a clean check on 18-year-old center Jack Hughes. But if you put the 2019 first overall draft pick on his backside, Devils teammates are going to stand up for the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder. Directly after the check, Niskanen had to drop the gloves with Kyle Palmieri.

• It's only fitting that Simmonds' first goal with the Devils came against the Flyers.

The 31-year-old scored 91 power play goals with the Flyers, third most in the NHL since 2011-12, behind only Alex Ovechkin (153) and Steven Stamkos (98).

Simmonds got his first man advantage tally with New Jersey by beating Hart.

• German Rubtsov made his NHL debut, while Myers made his season debut. Rubtsov had an early turnover behind the Flyers' net and Myers wasn't sharp on the Simmonds goal, but both played well overall and made positive contributions.

• The Flyers are back home Saturday to play the Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP). Dave Hakstol returns to the Wells Fargo Center as an assistant coach with Toronto (see story).

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New-look Flyers say get excited with mini statement and a 2-0-0 start

New-look Flyers say get excited with mini statement and a 2-0-0 start

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The new-look Flyers had themselves some fun in their 2019-20 introduction at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.

Kevin Hayes, Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov all scored goals, while Carter Hart was as bright as his future in a 4-0 thumping of the Devils.

Head coach Alain Vigneault received a hearty applause during the pregame introductions. He has the Flyers off to their first 2-0-0 start since 2011-12, when they last won a playoff series (see story).

The Flyers' victory spoiled Wayne Simmonds' return to Philly with New Jersey, which has lost its first three games of the season.

• Not a bad time for Hart's first NHL shutout, huh? The 21-year-old made 25 saves to do it in his 33rd career game.

• The building may have been the loudest when Hart made an are-you-kidding-me save with the Devils swarming on a 5-on-3 power play in the final minutes of the middle stanza.

The Flyers' penalty kill, which has been the NHL's second worst since 2014-15, looks better through two games. It survived that 5-on-3 in impressive fashion and the Wells Fargo Center loved it.

"I have to be honest, it's big balls by everyone," Scott Laughton said at second intermission on the Flyers' radio broadcast. "Hartsy made the save of the year already. Everyone is working on the same page."

• Speaking of the penalty kill, Hayes is such a quiet terror when his team is shorthanded. With his size and length, he gobbles up pucks and then quickly transitions them because he's so big.

He nearly scored a shorthanded goal in the second period. He has a history of being one of the league's most dangerous shorthanded threats.

Hayes scored his first goal as a Flyer with a power play marker in the third period. He flexed a little bit and deservedly so. The 27-year-old center is expected to do a lot for the Flyers.

• Another guy that does a lot is Couturier. Twenty-four seconds after Hayes scored, Couturier added one himself, giving the Flyers a comfy 3-0 advantage less than a minute into the final frame.

When Couturier and Hayes are both scoring on the same night, the Flyers will be tough to beat.

• The Flyers struck first with a second period power play goal from Provorov, who needed 12 games to net his first goal last season.

The power play looks noticeably different (and better). There's constant motion as no player is stationary. As the puck moves, bodies move, which creates more effort for the opposing penalty kill.

Assistant coach Michel Therrien has done positive work with the units.

• Konecny put the game out of reach with his third goal through the opening two games.

Last season, it took him 19 games to score three goals. Great signs from the 22-year-old winger so far, a guy that can take the Flyers to another level when he finds NHL consistency.

• The Flyers gave 21-year-old forwards Connor Bunnaman and Carsen Twarynski the rookie treatment in warmups.

Cool moment for those two — not many had the prospects circled as favorites to win roster spots. They went out and earned it.

• The Flyers kick off a three-game Western Canada road trip in Vancouver on Saturday when they play the Canucks (10 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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