Avalanche vs Blues Game 4 score: Nazem Kadri’s hat trick gives Colorado the series lead 3-1


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the The Colorado Avalanche took a 3-1 series lead on the St. Louis Blues on Monday night as Nazem Kadri, who was the target of racist death threats on social media after colliding with Blues goalie Jordan Binnington in Game 3, completed a round of the hats off to lead the Avs to a 6-3 win.

The Blues took an early lead in the first period, taking a 1-0 lead and outscoring the Avs 15-3. But Kadri kept her cool in the middle of a onslaught of boos from the local crowd and Colorado would come back in the second period to score four unanswered goals – three in just two minutes.

Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates after scoring in Game 4 of the playoff series against the Blues on Monday, May 23, 2022 in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“I wanted to come out tonight and really mark this game, especially after what happened,” Kadri told reporters after the game. “I tried to do that as best I could. Sometimes you have to be patient and wait. I was able to strike early in the second half and was able to get the mojo up.”

St. Louis got two minor penalties for shoving Kadri after the 3-1 turnaround and despite not being able to capitalize on the 5-on-3 power play, Kadri scored again to give his team a three-goal lead.

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“For me, I’m going to take all the shots I can and convert to the power play,” he said.

The Blues managed to get close to an Avs goal but another Kadri goal and an empty goal from Mikko Rantanen in the third period ended any chance of a comeback.

Blues' David Perron handles the puck as Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper and Nazem Kadri defend during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Monday, May 23, 2022 in St. Louis.

Blues’ David Perron handles the puck as Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper and Nazem Kadri defend during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Monday, May 23, 2022 in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Binnington left Saturday’s game in the first half with a lower-body injury and is now out of the playoffs after his collision with Kadri. During a post-match interview, a water bottle was thrown at him, with reports indicating that Binnington was the one who threw it.

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In the aftermath, Kadri received racist death threats on social media, which heightened security at the arena on Monday night.

Kadri, however, did not take the heckling personally, adding that there is a difference between heckling and real hate.

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Fans react after a goal by Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche against the Blues on Monday, May 23, 2022 in St. Louis.

Fans react after a goal by Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche against the Blues on Monday, May 23, 2022 in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“I know they boo me and whatnot, but that’s what being a fan is,” he explained. “As a home team and a home player, you want the fans to be on your side and heckle the other team, as long as it stays within the guidelines. I have no problem with that and I know that what was said is not reflective on every St. Louis fan. I understand that and want to make it clear. But for those who wasted their time sending messages like this, I feel sorry for them.

Colorado will host St. Louis on Wednesday in Game 5 Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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