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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Offensive goaltending can be a ridiculous call in the NBA, eliminating a basket that simply found a player in exactly the right place to tip or slam one home. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors glad to be home as injury bug buzzes U.S. World Cup team," 5 Sep. 2019 The league passed the measure after informing teams last month that coaches may be able to challenge a personal foul charged to their team, a called out-of-bounds violation, a goaltending violation or a basket-interference violation. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Report: NBA Board of Governors Approve Coaches Challenge Flags for 2019-20 Season," 9 July 2019 The second matchup of the series had a similar start: Alex Ovechkin and Jakub Vrana scored in the first period to put the Caps out in front, and this time—thanks to the standout goaltending of Braden Holtby—things stayed that way. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Fiala Plays Hero in 2OT as Predators Even Series With Jets," 30 Apr. 2018 Both have speed, plenty of offense, solid defense and top-notch goaltending. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Jets-Predators would make for a fun playoff series," 25 Mar. 2018 Coaches will only be able to challenge fouls called on their own players, out-of-bounds calls, and goaltending or basket interference violations. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "NBA free agency rules could change," 10 July 2019 Challenges of basket interference or goaltending and of called out of bounds violations will not be permitted in the final two minutes of the game or last two minutes of overtime. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "NBA approves in-game challenge system for coaches," 10 July 2019 The Avs’ depth chart at goaltending is now Philipp Grubauer, Francouz and Werner. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Chambers: Avalanche trading Carl Soderberg for Kevin Connauton was a move of necessity," 25 June 2019 And now, a few drops of reality. Hextall’s plan all along was to promote Hart by January, and if his short-term goaltending plans weren’t so long in hope and short in sight, that would have worked out just fine. Sam Donnellon, https://www.inquirer.com, "Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher heads into NHL draft and free agency with something to prove | Sam Donnellon," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of goaltending

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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