penalty box


Definition of penalty box

: an area alongside an ice hockey rink to which penalized players are confined for the duration of their penalty

Examples of penalty box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Wings’ penalty killers did a good job while Danny DeKeyser was in the box and then, three seconds after that penalty, Mathias Brome cooled off in the penalty box, limiting the Canes to one shot. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings get first win of season thanks to goals from Bobby Ryan and Dylan Larkin," 17 Jan. 2021 At 11:43 of the first, both Walker (slashing) and Michigan's Jimmy Lambert (hooking) were sent to the penalty box. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Jack LaFontaine posts second shutout as Gophers hockey team routs Michigan 4-0," 9 Dec. 2020 Previous management overcame the Lucius Fox episode, which put the Giants in the international-signing penalty box, and wisely signed Marco Luciano, Alexander Canario and Luis Toribio. John Shea,, "Giants mailbag: What ‘Farhan guys’ are on market? Best case for fans in 2021?," 9 Dec. 2020 By the time Benn tucked the puck and crashed into the net, Rasmus Andersson had exited the penalty box, and Calgary was officially on the power play. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Benn, Seguin break down Game 5′s opening goal vs. Flames: ‘I think the crossbar got the best of him there'," 19 Aug. 2020 Stalock will regularly call out updates so his teammates know when to expect someone exiting the penalty box. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild's Alex Stalock (vocal) and Canucks' Jacob Markstrom (quiet) big contrast on ice," 7 Aug. 2020 Gonzalez took a corner kick from the right side and sent the ball into the penalty box. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "St. Xavier beats South Warren 1-0 to capture its 15th state soccer championship," 1 Nov. 2020 Quintero lined up for a free kick from 37 yards out and sent it into the penalty box, where the ball skipped past charging Knights goalkeeper Kalee Opalka and into the net for a 1-0 lead. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Sacred Heart gets revenge on Lexington Catholic to capture seventh Kentucky soccer crown," 31 Oct. 2020 The board was also separated by new, thick plexiglass partitions that township director John Anthony Brown had previously described as akin to an ice hockey penalty box. Jeff Forward, Chron, "Woodlands board restarts in-person meetings," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of penalty box

1914, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2021

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“Penalty box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of penalty box

: the area beside an ice hockey rink where a player who has been given a penalty sits for a certain amount of time

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