The preliminary round of the NHL Play of the Year Showdown is over and the semi-final matchups are set.
The first semi-final ended in a bit of a shocker as the upstart Bobby Ryan beat the favoured Alex Ovechkin. Ryan will face the winner the second semi-final which pits Red Wings forward Johan Franzen against Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
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November 26, 2008
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Franzen won Pool D, narrowly edging out Mike Ribeiro and Marty Turco in the most tighthly contested matchup in the first round. But don't underestimate Franzen, or you'll end up looking like Habs defender Ryan O'Byrne.
February 17, 2009
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Kiprusoff ran away with Pool C, earning the win in arguably the most competitive pool in the first round. Kipper stole a sure-goal away from Kyle Wellwood, will be able to still the in from Franzen?