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One who has sold a contract to establish a market position and who has not yet closed out this position through an offsetting purchase; the opposite of a long position. Related: Long.

Short Position

The sale of a security or derivative, or the state of having sold one or the other. It is important to note that a short position is not closed, and is applied only to sales where further action may be required. For example, one who has borrowed securities and has then sold them is said to be have a short position with respect to that security, because he/she must eventually return an equivalent amount of the borrowed securities. Likewise, one who has sold (or written) an option is in a short position, because the option may be exercised at a later date. See also: Long position, Close a position.


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Most times a short-handed goal comes on a breakaway, you don't really see a rush play, and both guys did a great job of burying their opportunities.
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Mike Maneluk gave Lugano the lead while short-handed midway through the game and Mark Astley scored the crucial second on the powerplay 15 minutes from time.
Benoit Pouliot scored on a breakaway and Carl Hagelin got a short-handed goal in the first period, but the Rangers spent much of the final two periods on their heels.
Two sublime, crisp passing movements, converted by Brad Cruikshank on the powerplay and Owen Fussey short-handed were enough to make the difference in the third period as Blaze were made to work for their win.
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