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There Will Be a Game 5 in Anaheim

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There is a silver lining in the Anaheim Ducks' 5-3 loss last night to the Ottawa Senators. It means that there is now a Game 5 guaranteed to occur at the Honda Center. Of course, this good news is offset by the fact that you folks will have to hear from me for another couple days.

I don't know if you caught the anthems yesterday, but there's something special hearing 18,000 people belt out a national anthem. I watched the NBC feed, hoping they would switch to the big police officer guy for the wink and the smile, but they didn't. They remained stuck on a darkened shot of Ray Emery. Who was producing this broadcast? Howie Mandell?

I'm actually surprised NBC didn't trot out Chris Hansen at some point. That dude rules the network. His programming makes up 63% of their broadcast schedule. If Chris Hansen were ever to get hit by a bus, NBC would tank.

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Speaking of tanking, Chris Pronger tanked Dean McAmmond in the head and received a one game suspension. This is the second time Chris has knocked someone silly and received a suspension in these Playoffs. Remember my list of things to watch? Well, Chris is making me look like a genius, and that's not an easy thing to do.

Anaheim actually had a chance to win this game, leading 3-2 in the second. Then the hockey gods smiled on Ottawa and willed a puck to caroom off of Daniel Alfredsson's skate and behind J.S. Giguere. After that lucky goal, Ottawa never turned back.

That said, I think Anaheim wins the next game and will have a chance to come home and close out the series on Wednesday. If this is the case, I am predicting thousands of fans lining the streets worshipping this team like the 1980 Lakers.

Perhaps not. But I'm hoping for at least one pair of panties flung in Travis Moen's direction. Is that too much to ask? C'mon Anaheim you can do it.

FYI ladies, if you're too cheap to throw away your good lingerie, I can lend you mine.

AP photo by Paul Chiasson

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