Shame on anyone around the Bruins that thought there might have been a brewing goalie controversy in Boston. As it turns out it was all part of the Boston master plan when Anton Khudobin started two straight games last week after B’s head coach Claude Julien said his team needed “those timely saves” following a third period collapse in Winnipeg with Tuukka Rask between the pipes.

Rask quickly brushed off the comments when he learned of them a couple of days after they were made, and admitted he wasn’t beating himself up too badly about that specific loss to the Jets. Instead of dwelling on any of it, Rask came to TD Garden ready to work this week after playing the third period Saturday night after he was inserted in place of a flailing Khudobin.

Now he’s the proud author of 15 wins on the season along with a .928 save percentage and a 1.90 goals against average, and – more importantly – he closed down the Leafs in the third period and overtime in an eventual 3-2 shootout victory.

That earned him the Red Rooster T-shirt being handed out to the Bruins player of the game just like the Bruins’ chain and 1980’s Bruins Starter jacket of year’s past.

“I had a chance to make a big save there in the second, and I kind of didn’t [on the] breakaway. Then I just figured I’ve got to start battling harder because they didn’t get too many chances,” said Rask. “It seemed like when they got those they were just that one deflection off Andy’s [Andrew Ference] stick there hit me, and then another five-hole deflection during the third.

“Those are the kind of things that can turn a game around, and today I just tried to battle through it and it got us a win…so that was good.”