neutral zone

noun

Definition of neutral zone

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

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The puck tumbled through the neutral zone, out of the reach of several jousting sticks, before Washington center Jay Beagle finally nudged it to safety. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas," 29 May 2018 Washington's Dmitry Orlov turned the puck over in the neutral zone on the opening shift of the night and Callahan made the Caps pay for the mistake, feeding Paquette for a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game. Fred Goodall, chicagotribune.com, "Andrei Vasillevskiy shines late, Lightning hold off Capitals 3-2," 20 May 2018 Against that backdrop, Trump administration officials have reached out to counterparts in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, urging them to solve their dispute over the neutral zone. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Over a Barrel: U.S. Pushes Middle East Deals Ahead of Iran Oil Ban," 1 Nov. 2018 The disputes over the Saudi-Kuwaiti neutral zone and the Baghdad-Kurdistan standoff have both been resistant to years of negotiations and, at times, outside diplomatic pushes. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Over a Barrel: U.S. Pushes Middle East Deals Ahead of Iran Oil Ban," 1 Nov. 2018 Washington has made that difficult with cohesive work in the neutral zone and a physicality that has made the Golden Knights turn over the puck too often. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final can be a defining moment," 3 June 2018 Vegas would like nothing more than to outwork and outhustle Winnipeg, win the neutral zone and score timely goals to win another series. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Western Conference Final Preview: Can the Jets Slow Down the White-Hot Golden Knights?," 11 May 2018 Singapore is a neutral zone for both North Korea and the United States. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "What time will Trump and Kim meet in Singapore?," 6 June 2018 Tampa started strong when Brayden Point picked up the puck in the neutral zone and easily skated through Zdeno Chara, then gathered his own rebound off Tuukka Rask to put the Lightning on the board first. Kristen Nelson, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoff Roundup: Vegas Holds on to Defeat Sharks; Lightning Strike in Overtime," 5 May 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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