goal·​tend·​ing | \ ˈgōl-ˌten-diŋ How to pronounce goaltending (audio) \

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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Hextall signed winger James van Riemsdyk to a $35 million, five-year contract in the offseason but never addressed the goaltending position beyond injury-prone Michal Neuvirth and Brian Elliott. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Flyers fire coach Dave Hakstol, Gordon interim replacement," 17 Dec. 2018 Such exquisite goaltending may have been difficult to predict around this time last year. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "A Source of Fleury’s Success in Las Vegas? His New Goaltending Coach," 11 May 2018 Gives his teammates a chance to win most outings, and of late has delivered elite goaltending. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Red Wings midseason grades: 'B' is for better than last year, mostly," 7 Jan. 2018 The Avalanche add Grubauer to a goaltending duo of Seymon Varlamov, who has a year remaining on his current deal, and Pavel Francouz, signed in late May after receiving KHL Goalie of the Year honors. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "Capitals Trade Goalie Philipp Grubauer, Defenseman Brooks Orpik to Avalanche for Draft Pick," 22 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of goaltending

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of goaltending was in 1891

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