the neutral zone


: the middle part of an ice hockey rink that is between the two zones defended by the teams

Examples of the neutral zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Oilers opened up the Panthers off the rush in Games 4, 5 and 6 with stretch passes and speed through the neutral zone. Bailey Johnson, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 The Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins were tied with just about 100 seconds left on the clock in Game 6 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series as the Panthers gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and began their rush up the ice. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 18 May 2024 In the opening minutes of Game 3, Bennett collided on the boards with Marchand in the neutral zone at the benches. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 13 May 2024 The Kings’ best chance in the first 30 minutes came early in the second period when a turnover in the neutral zone launched Viktor Arvidsson on a breakaway with only Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner to beat. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2024 Eklund carried the puck across his own blue line and found Mikael Granlund with a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 Skating alone in the neutral zone, Givani Smith coughed up the puck to Stankhoven, who raced into the Sharks’ zone and put a shot on Kahkonen. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 6 Mar. 2024 The idea for the defending team is to make the attacking side either turn the puck over or dump it into offensive end from the neutral zone. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 18 Feb. 2024 Rams outside linebacker Earnest Jones appeared to jump in the neutral zone, causing Decker and left guard Jonah Jackson to move, but officials ruled Decker flinched first. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 15 Jan. 2024

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“The neutral zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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