blue line

noun

Definition of blue line

: either of two blue lines that divide an ice hockey rink into three equal zones and that separate the offensive and defensive zones from the center-ice neutral zone

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Ironically, Ryan Reaves, a fourth-line forward acquired by Vegas at the trade deadline, recorded the series clincher by deflecting a shot from the blue line past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck at 13:21 of the second period. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "Vegas Golden Knights Reach Stanley Cup Finals in First Season," 20 May 2018 The one thing missing was contributions from a blue line that tied a franchise record for goals during the regular season. BostonGlobe.com, "Jake Guentzel’s four goals helps Penguins clinch vs. Flyers," 23 Apr. 2018 Midyear trade additions like Kyle Turris and Ryan Hartman have strengthened Nashville's depth up front, while no team boasts a stronger blue line (sorry, Anaheim). Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Making Our Picks for the 2018 Stanley Cup Winner," 11 Apr. 2018 Michigan was at Clarkson, and head coach Mel Pearson watched as Quinn Hughes had the puck on his backhand on his own blue line. Detroit Free Press, "2018 NHL mock draft: Why I picked Quinn Hughes for Detroit Red Wings," 15 June 2018 Underrated defensive corps: Nobody talks much about the offensive skill on the Jets' defensive group, but their blue line has registered 10 goals in Winnipeg’s 12 games. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Jets reach conference final for first time in franchise history with Game 7 win at Predators," 10 May 2018 Kempny’s winner came on a wrist shot from the blue line that sailed through traffic and past Howard. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Capitals rally in third to edge Red Wings 3-2," 6 Jan. 2019 Reilly Smith took control near the blue line and found Marchessault alone in front for a goal that trickled between Martin Jones' pads. Josh Dubow, chicagotribune.com, "Expansion Golden Knights top Sharks to make conference final," 6 May 2018 Garland was stationed just outside the crease when Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s wrister from inside the blue line got past Henrik Lundqvist on a power play to open the scoring at 7:19 of the first period, the beginning of another tough game for Lundqvist. Jack Magruder, The Seattle Times, "Garland, Kuemper help Coyotes beat Rangers 5-0," 6 Jan. 2019

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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