Lindblad assigned back to Providence

Lindblad assigned back to Providence
February 25, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Seen in this file photo, Matthew Lindblad made his NHL debut against the Hurricanes and gained some valuable experience for a potential postseason call-up.


BOSTON – The Bruins made official the designation of rookie forward Matthew Lindblad back to the Providence Bruins prior to leaving for Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon. Lindblad had practiced several days with Boston while forwards Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson were in Russia participating in the Olympics, and spent his final day with the B’s on Tuesday as the two forwards rested before getting on the team flight.

Lindblad has skated in 35 games this season for the Providence Bruins with seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points, but has yet to make his NHL debut after being one of the final cuts from NHL training camp. The forward has appeared in 39 total games for the P-Bruins from 2012-13. Lindblad has netted eight goals and 14 assists thus far for 22 points.

Prior to joining Providence, the undrafted Lindblad skated three seasons (2010-13) for Dartmouth College. In 89 games for the Big Green, Lindblad had 29 goals and 51 assists for 80 points. Prior to playing for Dartmouth, the center played in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux Falls Stampede (2009-10) and the Chicago Steel (2008-09).

Lindblad skated on the right wing with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg in Eriksson’s spot during the Tuesday afternoon practice at TD Garden. Lindblad was called up to Boston with rookie netminder Niklas Svedberg, but the Swedish goalie did travel to Buffalo as the backup netminder for Chad Johnson while Tuukka Rask gets some rest after returning from Sochi.