Three keys to a B's comeback 

June, 2, 2011

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Anyone who watched the Vancouver Canucks edge the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday would agree that the better team walked out the winner.

No surprise there: Vancouver, the regular-season champion, is the heavy favorite to hoist the trophy. The Canucks have an obvious talent advantage, are as big and tough as the B's and have the look of a team on a mission. They dominated the Bruins for long stretches of the second and third periods, and only Tim Thomas' brilliance kept the Canucks off the board until Raffi Torres' goal at 59:42. The final 1-0 score wasn't as close as it suggests.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.