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Goals

In ice hockey, a goal is scored when the puck completely crosses the goal line between the two goal posts and below the goal crossbar. a goal awards one point to the team attacking the goal scored upon, regardless of which team the player who actually deflected the puck into the goal belongs to (see also own goal). typically, a player on the team attempting to score shoots the puck with his/her stick towards the goal net opening, and a player on the opposing team called a goaltender tries to block the shot to prevent a goal from being scored against his/her team. the term goal may also refer to the structure in which goals are scored. the ice hockey goal is rectangular in shape; the front frame of the goal is made of steel tube painted red and consists of two vertical goalposts and a horizontal crossbar. a net is attached to the back of the frame to catch pucks that enter the goal and also to prevent pucks from entering it from behind. the entire goal is considered an inbounds area of the playing surface, and it is legal to play the puck behind the goal. under nhl rules, the opening of the goal is wide by tall, and the footprint of the goal is deep.