Maybe its the challenge of testing yourself against the best, or perhaps simply the thrill of the unexpected, but humans take a fundamental sort of pleasure in beating people at their own game. And hockey is, without a doubt, Canadas game. If youve ever set foot in that sub-Arctic land, youve seen how hockey is something between a national obsession and a way of life. So if any contest can liven up what has been a disappointing season for the Florida Panthers, its tonights matchup with the Montreal Canadiens. Come out and see the Cats test themselves against the pride of hockeys icy French heartland. Get caught up in the passion of an unlikely victory. Understand the sport as a test of our collective spirit in confronting an opponent who eats, breathes, and sweats hockey. Or just get drunk and watch Finnish dudes punch each other in the face. Whatever.
Fri., Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m.