Avs star Kadri says racism and threats fueled Game 4 hat trick

Nazem Kadri had a rematch for the ages in St. Louis on Monday night to put the Avalanche one win away from the Western Conference Finals. (AP pics)

Nazem Kadri had powerful words after his phenomenal performance in Game 4 in front of a hostile St. Louis crowd.

“For the haters, this was for them.”

In the face of death threats and racist comments made on social media towards him and his family after he ran into Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington over the weekend, Kadri scored a decisive hat-trick in the game of his life, helping the Avalanche. push the Blues to the brink of elimination Monday night as Colorado is one game away from the Western Conference Finals.

The 31-year-old’s play on the ice, while monumental for his team’s dominating 6-3 win, was secondary to the off-ice history and vitriol he faced from the Blues fans in recent days.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been dealing with this for a long time,” Kadri told the NHL on the TNT panel on Sunday. “Sad to say, but that’s just the fact of the matter.”

Extensive Horrific Messages and Threats beyond Kadri himself, and were also aimed at his family – as his wife shared on Instagram. Be warned, many of these comments are very difficult to read.

The verbal abuse, stemming from Kadri’s accidental collision with Binnington in Game 3 – a game he wasn’t even penalized for – was no doubt exacerbated when Binnington threw a water bottle at Kadri during a match. a post-match interview that night.

Despite the gruesome messages, Kadri shared after the game with the Hockey Night in Canada panel that he used the attacks as motivation for his Game 4 outburst.

As for his thoughts on Craig Berube’s “no comment” on racist messages from Blues fans, Kadri made his disappointment with the St. Louis head coach very clear.

“I guess I needed gas. I was pretty upset the last few days.” Kadri said after the match.

“Starting with their head coach, he made comments that I wasn’t a fan of. I guess he’s never heard of bulletin board material.”

The Avalanche will have the chance to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in more than two decades at home on Wednesday, where Kadri will also have the chance to secure his first-ever berth in a Conference Finals. ahead of a favorable Colorado. crowd.

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