Keith Kinkaid played well in his NHL debut, allowing only one goal. Unfortunately, the spark the backup goaltender gave the Devils came halfway through the second period, with his team trailing 3-0 in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Lightning at Prudential Center.

“I can’t even explain it to you. It’s one of those things that leaves you speechless and in awe,” Kinkaid said after the game in which he relieved Johan Hedberg with 6:47 left in the second period. “I was a little nervous to get in there. I didn’t know where my equipment was when [coach Pete DeBoer] said to go in.”

Part of the home crowd chanted “Kin-kaid!” after Hedberg allowed the Lightning’s second goal to Martin St. Louis.

Hedberg, who has started six games in a row, including all five in Martin Brodeur’s absence due to a bad back, was pulled after Alexander Killorn made it 3-0.

The 23-year-old Kinkaid allowed a goal to Nate Thompson — his second of the game — while making 12 saves.

“I thought it had the desired effect. I thought if we stuck the kid in, the guys would maybe get a heightened sense of desperation and he made a couple of big saves there,” DeBoer said.

Hedberg was frustrated after the game but gave advice to Kinkaid when he came off the ice. “Just come in, do your best. Enjoy the moment, have fun, and I think he did,” Hedberg said.

Kinkaid wasn’t expecting his first NHL action to come in the middle of the second period, but said he was ready.