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Ward on Holtby: “He’s in beast mode”

Apr 25, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

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It’s common in sports to see people repeat phrases to honor its stars (or shorten their names). It always seemed wrong – if understandable – that LaDainian Tomlinson was called “LT” after Lawrence Taylor owned it. It kinda felt the same way when Game 7 OT hero Joel Ward evoked Marshawn Lynch’s shtick when describing Braden Holtby‘s great play during a 4-3 series win.

“He’s been in beast mode,” Ward said.

Don’t get me wrong, that’s a fine phrase, just not the ideal one.

Honestly, with the way he didn’t even react to Rich Peverley‘s slash threat, I think I’d evoke the “ice water in veins” cliches. I’ll open the floor for some cool nicknames for Holtby then – give it your best shot.

(Editor’s note: if Ward was somehow making a reference to that so-bad-it-was-good Sega game “Altered Beast,” then I retract any criticisms I just made.)

Here’s video of Ward’s interview:

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Also, check out this clip of Holtby’s own reactions:

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  1. bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Boston CHOKES yet again! First the Red Sox last fall, then the Pats this winter, now the Bruins this spring…next the Celtics this summer…or sooner.

    City of CHOKERS


    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      You’re a douche

      • bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        Not compared to you, douchebag.

    • dcfan4life - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:54 AM

      Ya know its hard to take that comment seriously when Boston is the only city to win all 4 major sporting championships in the last 10 years. Yes im so glad they lost, but calling a winning city chokers is just dumb.

      • bozosforall - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        10 years is a blip on the sports radar. Try the 86 years that the Red Sox couldn’t win anything before 2004, or the 40+ years it took for the Bruins to finally win one again, or the 50+ years it took the Pats to win (albeit via cheating) their first SB…even the Celtics sucked for a long while before winning their only title in 25 years. By contrast, Boston won ZERO titles in the 90s. I guess that balances it out nicely.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM


    • wickerskin - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      even better – HOLD-BEAST

  3. habsman - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    That Peverley is a class act eh?

  4. capsfan19 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Brazen holt-beast

  5. bearsnbills - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Ward… I called your goal in the intermission… You were great with my Preds… Good luck!

  6. verytalldad - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Beast mode is a phrase used commonly by the Washington Nationals, especially injured OF Michael Morse.

    I think it was a some DC unity showing with the Beast Mode comment.


  7. flavadave10 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:06 AM


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