Pucks, popcorn a hit with fans

NELLY ELAYOUBI -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

David MacDonald isn't afraid to admit he's shed a few tears over Sens losses.

"I guess it's something that stuck with me from my youth, that I didn't grow out of," the 21-year-old said last night. "I still get emotional."

He was one of the more than 60 people who caught the Senators' game against the Detroit Red Wings on the big screen at the Cineplex Odeon South Keys cinema last night.

Two other locations -- Silver City in the east end and the Coliseum in the west end -- also hosted hockey fans at the movies.

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It was the first of five pay-per-view games that will be shown on the big screen this season.

At the cinema, theatre staff dressed in Sens sweaters greeted fans, who were kept entertained with trivia and giveaways between periods.

"We're trying to create as much of a feeling of being at the game," said Gary Findley, South Keys cinema's general manager.

MacDonald has been a Sens fan since he was a kid and has even managed to get his girlfriend, Michele Krech, 20, to hop on the fan wagon.

"We wanted to see it on the big screen," Krech said, adding he expected more people to be at the theatre.

Dressed in her Sens T-shirt, Suzanne Coulombe came alone to watch the game. Typically, she'd listen on the radio, she said, but thought it was "fantastic" to catch her team on the big screen.

Meanwhile, some lucky Sens fans got to watch last night's game for free from the comfort of their own homes. Bell ExpressVu is running a free preview of its NHL pay-per-view games from Dec. 11 until tomorrow.


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