(Video) First NHL Win: Kinkaid stares down Lightning in Devils’ win

By Ken McKenna
Keith Kinkaid - New Jersey Devils

Photo: New Jersey Devils rookie goaltender Keith Kinkaid played in 130 AHL games over three seasons before securing the backup position with the NHL Devils in 2014-15 (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

 

Why should forwards and defensemen get all the attention? NHL goaltenders have milestone first wins, so they deserve the spotlight, as well. One such goaltender securing his first NHL win is the New Jersey DevilsKeith Kinkaid, who faced down the NHL’s highest scoring team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a 3-2 shootout victory on Friday night.

Kinkaid nearly earned his win in regulation time, but a late goal by Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov tied the score at two and sent it to overtime. Nothing was decided in the extra session, however, so it came down to a shootout to determine the winner. Devils’ forward Patrick Elias scored a goal to give the Devils the advantage, so it was up to Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin to keep his team alive.

This is Kinkaid’s fourth pro season, but the first in which he has been a full-time player with the NHL Devils. After spending most of the prior three seasons competing for the AHL‘s Albany Devils, the former Union College goaltender is serving as the backup to Cory Schneider. In six NHL games this season, Kinkaid has a 1.75 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

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