neutral zone


Definition of neutral zone

: the portion of an ice hockey rink between the attacking and defensive zones

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Recent Examples on the Web The neutral zone infraction resulted in a first down, and, eventually, a short Wil Lutz field goal. Luke Johnson,, "Empty stadiums may make the hard count more effective for veteran QBs like Drew Brees," 18 Sep. 2020 Tampa Bay committed nine penalties for 103 yards, including a costly neutral zone infraction on a fourth-and-2 that was followed by another one two plays later that kept a field goal drive alive just before halftime. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady isn't yet the quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need him to be," 14 Sep. 2020 The Stars were clinical on Sunday night in the neutral zone, closing down any thoughts that Vegas had of generating offense on the rush. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Game 1, done! The Dallas Stars edge Golden Knights in Western Conference Finals opener.," 7 Sep. 2020 To do this, Dallas forwards must stay above MacKinnon (in between him and the Stars net) to prevent him getting a head full of steam through the neutral zone. Dallas News, "Everything fans need to know about Stars-Avalanche: A full second-round schedule, 3 keys for Dallas and more," 22 Aug. 2020 By the time the Avalanche scored their third goal – an even-strength strike by Nazem Kadri, who had a breakaway when multiple Coyotes were caught flat-footed in the neutral zone – the Coyotes were well on their way to another embarrassing effort. Richard Morin, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes' season ends with another blowout playoff loss to Colorado Avalanche," 19 Aug. 2020 In trying to keep pucks in the offensive zone, Heiskanen’s shots bounced into the neutral zone and sprung the Avs. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "How Miro Heiskanen’s rare poor defensive night led to Avalanche’s frequent odd-man rushes," 6 Aug. 2020 Thompson scored 3:58 later with a snap shot from the left circle on a play that began with teammate Ivan Provorov pouncing on a Bruins’ turnover in the neutral zone. John Wawrow,, "Without Rask, Bruins stumble in Game 1 against Flyers," 2 Aug. 2020 Thompson scored 3:58 later with a snap shot from the left circle on a play that began with teammate Ivan Provorov pouncing on a Bruins' turnover in the neutral zone. John Wawrow, Star Tribune, "Hart has 34 saves in Flyers' 4-1 win over Bruins," 2 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of neutral zone

1948, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2020

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“Neutral zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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