Joke’s on the Canuck-cle Heads

Search for jokes on the Vancouver Canucks and you’ll find the usual stuff, like, “What do you call 30 millionaires sitting around watching the Stanley Cup on TV? The Vancouver Canucks.” Or: “What do the Canucks and an opossum have in common? They both play dead at home and get killed on the road.” That latter funny will probably be closer to the truth when the Canucks, featuring former Panther Roberto Luongo in goal, make their way to the BankAtlantic Center (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

For once, the puck seems to have bounced the Panthers’ way, because this game takes place right in the middle of the Canucks’ 14 game, 13-city tour, which covers 42 days and 12,885 miles and is the longest road swing in NHL history. This is because the Canucks’ home arena, the GM Place, is the featured arena for the Winter Olympics. Yes, the Canucks, along with the rest of the league, will get a break when the Winter Olympic games begin (except for Luongo, Ryan Kesler, and a few other members of the team who will be participating in the Olympics). But when the NHL resumes play, the Canucks will be back to collecting those frequent-flyer miles. They don’t return to their home ice until March 13 against the Ottawa Senators.

But the Panthers won’t be getting much rest either — they face the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the rubber match for the season, having beaten the Bruins at Boston back in November but losing to them at the Bank in December. Tickets to both games start at $10. Visit Ticketmaster.com, or call 954-835-7000.
Thu., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 13, 7 p.m., 2010

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