After backing up Chad Johnson in Buffalo on Wednesday, Boston Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg is headed back to Providence.
The 24-year-old, who was recalled earlier this week to give starter Tuukka Rask some extra rest following the Olympic break, has been reassigned to the AHL, the team announced Thursday.
Some fans called for Svedberg to remain with the big club after Johnson struggled against the Sabres, allowing five goals in an overtime loss. But it appears that — for the time being, at least — Johnson will continue to serve as the Bruins’ primary backup.
Svedberg has split time with 2012 first-round draft pick Malcolm Subban in Providence this season, posting a 20-11-3 record with a 2.71 goals against average and .910 save percentage in 35 games for the P-Bruins.
The Bruins return to the ice Saturday, when they host the Washington Capitals at TD Garden.