He gets through regulation time. Nice. Survives overtime, too. Super.

Now, to top it off, a shootout, which is perfect. Money in the bank.

Because Joey MacDonald, in his first-ever start in the National Hockey League, has the high-powered Detroit Red Wings operating on his behalf.

“I figured when you have (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Henrik) Zetterberg, ‘Ah, we got it,’ ” MacDonald recalls of his big-league baptism Nov. 18, 2006, at Edmonton.

Alas, Detroit’s two superstars miss the net with their shootout attempts. And, in the seventh round, Raffi Torres authors the telling goal in the 4-3 decision for the Oilers.

“Things like that you never forget,” says the bearded netminder, with a smile.