goal·tend·ing | \ˈgōl-ˌten-diŋ \

Definition of goaltending 

1 : the act of guarding a goal (as in hockey)

2 : a violation in basketball that involves touching or deflecting a ball that is on its downward path toward the basket or on or within the rim of the basket

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In the playoff loss to the Penguins, the Flyers’ goaltending and defensive play were shoddy and their special teams were outplayed as they were outscored, 28-15. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers' Dave Hakstol: 'We have to recognize the failure of the playoffs'," 26 Apr. 2018 Riding the hot goaltending of Nick Marrocco, the Georgetown lacrosse team is preparing for its first appearance in the Division 1 NCAA tourney since 2007. John Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "Marrocco leads Georgetown lacrosse to postseason," 11 May 2018 Chayka has made a point about building the roster through premium positions, including elite defenseman and a sturdy goaltending duo. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes' improved reputation among 5 observations after the opening of free agency," 2 July 2018 Image With a healthier defense, elite goaltending and arguably the best top-six forward group in the West, the Jets soared into contender status this season. Andrew Knoll, New York Times, "N.H.L. Western Conference Finals: A Long Shot vs. the Longest Shot," 11 May 2018 That play was set up by James' huge block at the other end, which Oladipo said after the game should have been ruled a goaltending violation. Chuck Schilken, latimes.com, "LeBron James blocks a shot that should have been goaltending, then hits game-winner in Game 5 [Video]," 26 Apr. 2018 However, the ball appeared to hit the backboard before James touched it — a goaltending violation. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Pacers: LeBron James' block on Victor Oladipo was 'clearly' goaltending," 26 Apr. 2018 Lundqvist has been their franchise goalie for 13 seasons and is now eighth in career goaltending wins with 431. Allan Kreda, New York Times, "The Lundqvist Era Started in the 7th Round. Where Will the Rangers Find a New Foundation?," 22 June 2018 Westbrook rebounded from a 3 for 9 start with the 17-point fourth quarter, including a huge three and a layup (goaltending was called) in aan 18-second span that stretched the Thunder’s one-point lead to six with under two minutes left. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Heat leads entering fourth but loses to Westbrook-led Thunder," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of goaltending

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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