A penalty shot is the result of a penalty occurring on the ice during a hockey game. A penalty is any offensive or inappropriate player as determined by the referee during a game of hockey. A penalty shot is awarded as the result of a penalty when the penalty that occurred obstructed a shot from being made.
A penalty shot is the source of much strategy derived from either side of the game. It is important to know something about the style and strategy of the goaltender during. They are often given to a team when the player in question occurs behind the breakaway and prevents the shot from being taken or made. Throwing the stick or moving the goal may also result in a penalty shot as well as picking up the puck at any time when it is between the goal creases.
When a penalty shot is taken, the puck is positioned between the face off circles and the goalie takes position in order to prevent the puck from entering the goal. The player then gets to take their best shot toward the goal, and it is just between them and the goalie of the opposing team.