neutral zone


Definition of neutral zone

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

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If ice creams were countries, cookies and cream would be Switzerland — a neutral zone between chocolate and vanilla. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Who makes the best cookies-and-cream ice cream in the U.S.? We scooped up 15 top brands to find out.," 10 July 2019 The Blues’ defense stole the show in the second period, shutting down Boston’s transition in the neutral zone and not letting the puck stay deep for too long. Kristen Nelson,, "Blues Capture First-Ever Stanley Cup in Franchise History," 12 June 2019 The fatty membranes that enclose cells act as an insulator, creating an electrically neutral zone once thought impossible for an electron to cross. Quanta Magazine, "New Life Found That Lives Off Electricity," 21 June 2016 Less than six minutes into the period, Alex Ovechkin's backhand saucer pass through the neutral zone hit center Evgeny Kuznetsov in stride for a breakaway. Isabelle Khurshudyan,, "Home is hardly an advantage as Lightning even series vs. Capitals," 18 May 2018 At the same though, the neutral zone dispute could provide an opportunity for the Saudis to help repair those bonds. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Over a Barrel: U.S. Pushes Middle East Deals Ahead of Iran Oil Ban," 1 Nov. 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of neutral zone

1948, in the meaning defined above

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