Sens 4 – Sabres 2

I’ve only gone to a couple Ottawa Senators games this year, but tonight’s complete domination and 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres was definitely worth seeing. I was even able to get a few decent pictures before a scowling arena Nazi came and told me to stop taking pictures. Obviously, I have an opinion on this matter.

I am one of those people who always says that I should take my camera with me when I go to various events, but always manages to forget until afterwards. So, it’s something a little out of the ordinary that I thought to bring my camera to the game tonight. I mean, decent seats at an NHL hockey game provide tons of opportunities to play with a camera. And, since I’m not a massive Sens fan, I figure that whether they score in bunches or the other team does, I’m happy to have the opportunity to witness it and record some of the mayhem.

The Sens actually played pretty well, despite being behind 2-0 after the first period. One Sabres goal was a flukey deflection, the other was just a plain perfect passing play and a complete breakdown of Ottawa’s defence. Brian Elliot played like a backup goaltender, which is entirely fitting. I have always claimed and will continue to maintain that Ottawa’s biggest problem is a lack of strong and consistent goaltending; Ray Emery was a coke addled mess that wasn’t worth the massive contract and constant fawning that the team brass bestowed on him, and the closest they’ve been to a good number one goaltender was Hasek, before he was hurt.

Ottawa had to anticipate that Buffalo would come out strong. The Sabres are a team fighting for a playoff spot, whereas the Sens are a team praying for a miracle that will see them into the post-season. Nobody expects the latter, but the former is still a possibility within Buffalo’s reach.

The Sens turned it on in the second period to come from behind, as they seem to always do. I don’t know why this team has to fall behind to wake up and start playing, but it seems a disturbing trend that they keep having to play catch up. Luckilly, they spent the first part of the year playing very little, which leaves them well rested for these kinds of heroics late in the season.

Harsh, but nobody who follows the Sens can dispute anything I have said.

Brendan Bell ties the game at 2 with his first goal of the night in what would eventually be a 4-2 victory over the Sabres

Brendan Bell ties the game at 2 with his first goal of the night in what would eventually be a 4-2 victory over the Sabres

That little blurry thing about to enter the top right corner of the net is the puck.

So, just after snapping a few shots of Alfie, I was interrupted by a Grendel in red who proceeded to explain that cameras of this type were not allowed in the arena. I asked what she meant, and was told that any camera with a removable lens, ie an SLR, is forbidden. Only “regular” digital cameras are allowed. I was told that I would have to stop taking pictures or I would be asked to go leave the camera in my car.

I complied, not wanting to miss the remainder of the game while trekking out to the car, parked some 20 miles from the entrance to the building amongst a sea of other cars.

But, what bothers me is that I was not told that cameras in general were forbidden, but that cameras of this quality were disallowed. So, essentially, you are allowed to take pictures, so long as they are shitty pictures. I was tempted to suggest that any camera can have a removable lens, and demonstrate by prying the little protuberance from the from the the digital point and click the dude in front of me had been using, but I’m pretty sure that such a demonstration would not have won me any points.

I was also irritated by the fact that I wasn’t told that flash photography was not allowed. I mean, that would have made sense. The distraction caused by a sudden flash in the eyes of a player flying up the wing could actually be dangerous, especially for the Buffalo player that I would most likely have inflicted this on.

No, they just don’t want people taking good pictures of the players or the action. And the only reason I can deduce for this is that they don’t want anyone using the pictures for profit of some sort, protecting the rights to such things for professional photographers and journalists.

Correct me if I am wrong.

I got quite the scowl from the arena Nazi as I left at the conlcusion of the game, which I also think was unwarranted, considering that I complied with her demands.

So, enjoy the oicture, which I have placed here for all to see with no expectation of compensation. I suppose this is just one more example of how our for-profit world is increasingly regulating out our freedoms in order to protect the commercial interests of others. I wonder if the fact that I have reported on the game qualifies me as a citizen journalist, and whether that designation should grant me some of the rights of the press on occassions such as this. Then I could comfortably salute the arena Nazi with a solid finger from each hand. Of course this isn’t the case, and I know it, but maybe it should be. Why should commercial journalists have all the rights? Hell, at least I’m not owned by a corporation or media conglomerate.

Although, I’m willing to entertain offers.

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