TSN decided to run a play of the year poll; however, they did not make it a direct poll, rather they grouped the 20 nominees into groups of 5 and had the fans vote on which play was the best out of each group. This was evidently a time saving measure.
The problem I have is that with these groups, you sometimes eliminate in the first round of voting a candidate that should be in the final rounds of consideration. For example, Pavel Datsyuk's amazing play against Chicago was eliminated in the first round and I believe it deserved much better (Youtube it if you haven't seen it).
With that in mind I decided to go and find the clips for all the nominees and made my own list. So without any further ado I give you my Top 10 Plays of the 2008-09 NHL Season—with video footage!