Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis gets, ahem, ‘ping-ponged in the ding-dong’ (VIDEO)

Todd Bertuzzi's Ping-Pong Gate will do down as perhaps the greatest goofy faux-controversy of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. CBC even mentioned it during Hockey Night In Canada's pregame coverage of Game 4 between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings, with some B-roll footage of the Predators kicking around a soccer ball rather than playing ping-pong.

Caught on tape: Defenseman Ryan Ellis taking a soccer strike to the how-do-you-do. And cue Ron MacLean's best ad-lib of the season:

You know, it's said that every Canadian boy's dream is to one day appear on Hockey Night In Canada getting "ping-ponged in the ding-dong." So much pride in Freelton, Ont. after this one …

s/t Jason Brumfield.