goal·​tend·​er | \ ˈgōl-ˌten-dər How to pronounce goaltender (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The two Stars goaltenders have been heading in opposite directions recently, with Ben Bishop’s .921 season-long save percentage the lowest it’s been since Oct. 29. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars defenseman Stephen Johns to miss third straight game vs. Blues," 29 Feb. 2020 Often times, the greatest casualty in an unfriendly schedule is the goaltender. Richard Morin, azcentral, "How much can Darcy Kuemper impact Arizona Coyotes' playoff chase?," 25 Feb. 2020 Ayres became the oldest goaltender (42 years, 194 days) in league history to win his regular-season debut. Wayne Sterling, CNN, "Dave Ayres, 42, emergency goaltender and Zamboni driver gets win in NHL debut," 23 Feb. 2020 Both offenses are struggling, but so are the two starting goaltenders. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings odds, picks and best bets," 18 Feb. 2020 That turned out to be a season-saving move -- the team’s only goaltender is Charlie Taui, a senior from Utqiagvik. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "For the Alaska Heat high school hockey team, the player pool is geographically gigantic," 6 Feb. 2020 About to turn 33 on March 10, the winningest goaltender in franchise history appeared increasingly clear-headed, per Cassidy, within a week of his injury. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "As Bruins prepare to resume play, here’s where things stand with them," 28 Jan. 2020 Vancouver has lost three straight and has struggled in the absence of goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who is out with a knee injury. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes' Clayton Keller can send a message in late-season playoff push," 3 Mar. 2020 Jimmy Howard has had a tough season, going 2-21 with a .889 save percentage and a 3.98 GAA that is the worst among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in at least 10 games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "How Jonathan Bernier is turning into a trade chip for Detroit Red Wings," 10 Feb. 2020

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Goaltender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goaltender. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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US : a player who defends the goal in various games (especially hockey)


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