And then there were two.
We began with 20 plays and thanks to thousands of votes, we have boiled the 2008-09 Play of the Year down to one classic question: the save vs. the goal. Some believe that goals should always trump saves. Others champion the athleticism and quick-reacting instincts of the netminder.
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January 8, 2009
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
This Calder Trophy finalist travelled a difficult and unexpected road to reach the final of the Play of the Year Showdown. In Pool B, Ryan defeated some truly unique plays. In the first semi-final, Ryan upset a wild Alex Ovechkin goal that many considered to be the favourite to win the Showdown. Ryan didn't just beat Ovechkin - he crushed the reigning Hart Trophy winner with an impressive 63.6% of the vote.
February 17, 2009
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
While Miikka Kiprusoff's run may have been a little more expected, it is no less impressive. In Pool C, Kipper earned a decisive victory in an extremely competitive group. In the second semi-final matchup, the Flames netminder made short work of a brilliant individual effort by Johan Franzen with 64.9% of the vote - the highest percentage in the competition.