Kiprusoff save voted NHL Play of the Year by the fans Staff

4/30/2009 12:40:14 PM

1,230 regular season NHL games.

20 incredible plays.

Over 145,000 votes.

But just one winner of the inaugural NHL Play of the Year Showdown.

After a back-and-forth final matchup with Anaheim's Bobby Ryan that saw both highlight-reel plays alternate the lead, Miikka Kiprusoff's amazing, diving paddle save on Kyle Wellwood has been voted the 2008-09 NHL Play of the Year.  Kiprusoff garnered 55% of the over 50,000 votes cast in the final to claim the title.

But make no mistake, it was no cake walk.

At one point, Ryan held a healthy lead over Kipper and appeared poised to pull off yet another upset. It was Ryan, after all, who thumped the heavily favoured Alex Ovechkin in the semi-finals.

In the end, however, Kipper proved to be unstoppable as the fans agreed with TSN NHL Insider Bob McKenzie in awarding the netminder's save the NHL Play of the Year.

Be sure to check out the bracket below for the complete picture and watch the video in the right media bar to see the how Kipper earned the Play of the Year.

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