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

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After finding space down the left channel of the penalty box and beating the offside trap, Kane was faced one-to-one with Danijel Subasic., "Croatia 2-1 England (AET): Three Lions' Hearts Broken as Mandzukic Scores Extra Time Winner," 11 July 2018 Approaching the penalty box, Kane picks up the ball and sends off a low rocket, which goes just wide. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "England Takes Another Step Toward Bringing ‘It’ Home," 8 July 2018 The second power play — Wayne Simmonds went to the penalty box for roughing, but Malkin, who would have made Jack Nicholson proud, was somehow spared an embellishment infraction – was awarded with 1:37 left in the session. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers rebound from drubbing, stun Penguins, 5-1, to even series," 13 Apr. 2018 But then, in the 63rd minute, from a free-kick only five yards outside his own penalty box, Robinson launched the ball up the field., "Tottenham vs Watford Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 29 Apr. 2018 Both were sent to their respective penalty boxes (Bertuzzi for slashing, Phaneuf for roughing). Detroit Free Press, "Henrik Zetterberg: 'Awesome' to see Red Wings' Tyler Bertuzzi add grit," 16 Mar. 2018 No matter the team, Truex is adept at following Pearn’s orders, from the pit box to the penalty box. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Truex makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal," 11 Feb. 2019 Their first head coach was Paul Baxter, a rugged ex-NHL defenseman best known for having a puck thrown at his head in the penalty box – and getting cut for 10 stitches – by longtime enforcer Chris Nilan. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "As recent NHL draftees confirm, Wenatchee has become junior-hockey paradise," 15 July 2018 Per Osorio’s instructions, the centerforward, Peralta, has dropped deep as a target man, dragging the middle centerback (Giancarlo González) with him and leaving all sorts of open space upfield in the middle of the penalty box. Grant Wahl,, "Masters of Modern Soccer: Chicharito and the Art of Mexico's Synchronization," 3 May 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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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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