Keith Kinkaid wasn’t sure when his first NHL game experience would come, but the 23-year-old rookie goaltender was ready when he got the call 13:13 into the second period Tuesday night and stopped 12 of 13 shots.

"It’s just getting your feet wet," said Kinkaid, who signed with the Devils as an undrafted free agent in 2011 after his sophomore year at Union College. "You know what to expect. You get the game pace. It’s a tough game out there. Guys are bigger, stronger, so it’s just all about getting your feet wet and now if I ever get a start and, hopefully I do, I’ll be ready."

Fortunately, the Farmingville, N.Y., native’s parents and sister, along with the parents of one his friends, made the drive from Long Island to see the game, not knowing that he’d actually play.

"They wanted to see me on the bench and whatnot," he said.

Instead, they saw Kinkaid stop Steven Stamkos, the league leader with 17 goals, on a breakaway 1:08 into the third period.

"You see Stamkos coming down, he’s a great player," Kinkaid said. "I don’t think he knows my tendencies, so I tried to just staywith him, stick to what the goalie coaches say here and I just got a pad on it, thankfully."