The first of many.
21-year-old Swedish forward Oskar Lindblom finally scored his first career NHL goal in his 14th career NHL game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Lindblom had gotten many prime scoring opportunity since making his NHL debut on Feb.20, but just couldn’t seem to find the back of the net.
The goal was one of six scored by the Flyers in a critical victory over their division rivals in Washington on Sunday.
Lindblom converted on a beautiful pass from Jakub Voracek to make it 2-1 Flyers in the second period:
Voracek and fellow rookie Nolan Patrick immediately went to retrieve the puck for Lindblom after he achieved his milestone.
Lindblom has become a staple in the top-six on a line with Patrick and Voracek and has been a great presence on the power play. He had 16 goals and 34 points in 54 games with the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms before he was called up to the big club.
Big night for the kid 😎 pic.twitter.com/79EGTp2fkG
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 19, 2018
Lindblom made it clear in his post-game interview he’s just happy to get his first out of the way and not have to think about it anymore.
It was a terrific weekend for the Flyers, who went a perfect 2-0-0 with victories over Carolina and Washington. It was also a special weekend for Lindblom, who picked up an assist on Jake Voracek’s filthy third-period goal for his first NHL point Saturday.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) March 18, 2018
Travis Konecny had nothing but praise for the rookie after the latest win:
“We’re all happy for him,” Travis Konecny said. “It’s been paying off for him. He deserves it. He works hard at both ends of the ice. I’m personally happy for him.
“He’s got that offensive skill that’s far and few between that a lot of guys don’t have. He just has a knack around the net, he’s always around the puck. We all knew it was coming sooner or later.”
The Flyers have a special player in Lindblom, who is just getting started in what should be a lengthy NHL career.