The Red Wings, desperate for a home-ice win that would have evened the series, were pressuring the Bruins' top defense pair of Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton, who needed to get to the bench for a change.
Chara, the left defenseman, was able to get off easily, but right defenseman Hamilton needed to use some guile. First he circled behind his net to slow down forechecking forward Gustav Nyquist, then he hesitated just long enough between the circles to throw off forward Darren Helm and allow teammate Milan Lucic to get his feet moving.
Unaware of the 20-year-old's passing ability, Helm cheated to the opposite side and clearly anticipated that Hamilton's pass would go off the wall. Lucic, on the other hand, knew from a couple of years' worth of practices that he could get a scoring chance out of Hamilton's precise first pass and opted to stay on the ice rather get his own change.