blue line


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

Examples of blue line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tomas Hertl got a stick in close on Karlsson’s drive from the blue line that slipped through Smith for a softie and a 5-1 lead. Ross Mckeon,, "Six different Sharks score in rout of first-place Edmonton Oilers," 12 Nov. 2019 Capobianco scored his first NHL goal midway through the first period on a shot from near the blue line that hit Senators center Namestnikov’s stick and caromed past Anderson. John Marshall, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Raanta stops 34 shots in Coyotes’ 5-2 win over Senators," 19 Oct. 2019 Boston bolstered its advantage minutes later when 42-year-old defenseman Zdeno Chara rifled a slap shot from near the blue line through traffic in front of the net. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Avalanche stay undefeated with 4-2 comeback victory against Bruins," 10 Oct. 2019 Travis Konecny took the puck away from Shea Theodore near the offensive blue line, and Sean Couturier fed Giroux for a left-circle wrist shot that sailed over Fleury’s glove for his 25th goal, three shy of equaling his career high. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers fall to Vegas on late goal," 12 Mar. 2018 The Predators tied it up 12 minutes later with a defenseman Ryan Ellis snapshot from the blue line that clanked off the post and past Francouz. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Avalanche regains offensive mojo in 9-4 victory against Predators," 7 Nov. 2019 Troy Robillard got his first career college point from the blue line. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "Isaiah Saville wins his homecoming game as Omaha holds off young UAA hockey team," 1 Nov. 2019 Indy went up 2-0 on the power play at 16:57 as Ben Youds blasted a slap shot just inside the blue line, straight on from Houser. Lewis Bagley, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Fuel defeat Cincinnati 3-0 in home opener," 26 Oct. 2019 Fleury then scored his first goal in his 96th NHL game, walking in from the blue line for an unobstructed shot. Greg Beacham, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ducks extend unbeaten home start, knock off Canes 4-2," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of blue line

1925, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2019

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“Blue line.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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