power play


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

power play

1. In ice hockey, a temporary period during gameplay in which one team has more players in play due to the other team having one or more players temporarily removed due to a penalty. Pittsburgh will have a chance to score here during the power play.
2. An action, behavior, or strategy intended to assert, enhance, or exaggerate one's power, authority, or influence. It's just a power play—he's moving the shifts around purely to show that he's the one who can. The prime minister is using the threat of initiating a trade war as an obvious power play ahead of the general election.
See also: play, power

power play

Fig. a strategy using one's power or authority to carry out a plan or to get one's way. In a blatant power play, the manager claimed he had initiated the sales campaign.
See also: play, power
References in periodicals archive ?
After the Bruins scored on two of their 10 power plays in Games 1 and 2, he noticed a hole in the Blues' penalty kill, made some adjustments and, boom, Boston scored four power-play goals ...
After some exquisite power play, special team action saw Lockerbie slip the puck to Lewis Houston and he quickly redirected the puck to big brother Luke, the latter making no mistake in firing home as the game finished 5-3 to the Sharks.
"We need to work harder on our power play, we need to be more direct on the power play, we were playing around the edges instead of where we need to be.
"Power play is just not all about scoring a lot of runs.
Another issue which was hotly debated was selecting the power plays by captains.
This will only happen if a power play is available on the circuit.
England's struggles with the power play have been matched by their failure to build a major opening partnership in either of the two matches as Bopara and captain Andrew Strauss get used to playing alongside each other at the top of the order.
Loui Eriksson scored his first of the season, on the power play, to tie it in the second after Jussi Jokinen got the Stars even at 1 in the opening period.
GOLF: The introduction of Power Play golf to the North-East - you have the option of aiming for flags placed in positions of varying difficulty - is so far proving more popular with ladies and juniors than men.
THE city's first-ever Power Play golf tournament wil tee off at Harborne's Church Farm golf course on Saturday, September 29.
The most radical part of Power Play golf is that each green has two holes rather than one, with a black flag denoting the more difficult pin placing and a white flag the easier one.
It had the backside guard and tackle pulling an off-tackle power play called the Counter-Trey.
Power Play is a suspenseful novel of danger, intrigue, and globe-spanning corruption.
Power Play: Batts was part of the legal team representing the American Hospital Association for In re: Resident Physicians Antitrust Litigation, one of the largest antitrust class-action suits ever filed, involving allegations by medical residents that teaching hospitals and medical associations engaged in price-fixing residents' salaries.
Certainly, the love of the game inspired writers/producers William Laurin and Glenn Davis to create their new CTV television drama, Power Play. "We have an obsession with the game of hockey," admits Laurin, sitting in a production office surrounded by table-top hockey games, pairs of skates and pictures of hockey greats on the walls.