Shorthanded

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"short-handed" wn "WordNet (r) 2.0" short-handed adj : inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.; "they're rather short-handed at the moment"; "overcrowded and understaffed hospitals" [syn: short-staffed, undermanned, understaffed]
"Short-handed" web1913 "Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)" Short-handed \Short`-hand"ed\, a. Short of, or lacking the regular number of, servants or helpers.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Shorthanded'


Short handed is a term used in ice hockey and refers to having fewer skaters on the ice during play, as a result of a penalty. The player removed from play serves the penalty in the penalty box for a set amount of time proportional to the severity of the infraction. If a goaltender commits a minor infraction, another player who was on the ice at the time of the penalty serves, often but not necessarily the team captain.

The penalized team is said to be on the "penalty kill" while their players are in the penalty box. The opposing team is usually referred to as having an "advantage" until the penalized player returns to play. This situation is often called a power play for the opposing team, due to the increased likelihood of scoring during this time. Not only does the power play team have the man advantage, the penalized team is frequently trapped in their zone and often cannot make line changes, resulting in their players being on the ice for longer-than-normal shifts. As a result, the penalized team's players are often exhausted when the penalty expires and they are often scored on shortly afterward.

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  • Fabian Castillo is back – finally – and FC Dallas are riding high after fitness and form concerns
    FRISCO, Texas – For most of the season, FC Dallas seemed to be playing the majority of its games shorthanded because of injuries or suspensions or both. Read more on this news related to 'Shorthanded'
  • Scherzer outduels Greinke, Tigers top Dodgers 4-1
    DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, outdueling Zack Greinke and helping the shorthanded Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday. Read more on this news related to 'Shorthanded'
  • 2014 World Cup: Germany overwhelms shorthanded Brazil in semifinal, 7-1
    Miroslav Klose becomes the World Cup?s all-time leading scorer as the Germans score four goals in six minutes to rout the hosts in a semifinal. Read more on this news related to 'Shorthanded'

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