neutral zone


Definition of neutral zone 

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

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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,, "Stanley Cup Playoff Roundup: Vegas Holds on to Defeat Sharks; Lightning Strike in Overtime," 5 May 2018 New York struggled to get through the neutral zone most of the evening and only converted one power play chance on six opportunities in their first game back since the Winter Classic at Citi Field. USA TODAY, "Rookie goalie Jeff Glass leads Chicago Blackhawks over New York Rangers," 3 Jan. 2018 On multiple occasions, Gildon used his agile skating to evade pressure in the neutral zone. Matthew Defranks,, "Panthers prospect Max Gildon impresses with smooth skating, big frame," 29 June 2018 The Wings had trouble getting the puck out of their zone, repeatedly failing to get through the neutral zone. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings persevere to extend win streak, tame Panthers, 4-2," 5 Jan. 2018 An offensive pass interference call, a Tennessee neutral zone infraction and unnecessary roughness calls ranked among the head-scratchers. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Patriots rout Titans 35-14, move on to AFC Championship Game," 13 Jan. 2018 McNabb, who was credited with a game-high seven hits, created a turnover in the neutral zone and quickly got the puck up to Marchessault. Helene Elliott,, "Marc-Andre Fleury shining for Knights on and off ice," 17 May 2018 The Bears turned the puck over in the neutral zone and the Everblades took advantage with a goal from John McCarron — his fourth of the playoffs — assisted by Spencer Smallman. Steve T. Gorches,, "Solar Bears fall 5-1 at home to Everblades, trail series 3-0," 4 May 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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