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The Colorado Avalanche took the lead in the 3-1 series over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night when Nazem Kadri, who was the target of racist death threats on social media after a clash with Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binington in Game 3, scored a hat-trick and led Avs to victory with the score 6-3.
The Blues took the lead in the first period, increasing the score to 1-0 and beating Avs 15-3. But Kadri retained composure among Fr. pressing sounds from the home audience and Colorado returned in the second period to score four unanswered goals – three in just two minutes.
“I wanted to go out tonight and really put a mark on this game, especially after what happened,” Kadri told reporters after the game. “I tried to do it as best I could. Sometimes you have to be patient and wait. I was able to strike early in the second period and was able to score a mojo.”
St. Louis drew with two small penalties for Kadri’s push after the 3-1 coup and despite the fact that he could not use the power of 5 to 3, Kadri scored again, bringing his team ahead by three goals.
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“For me, I will take all the blows I can and implement them in a power game,” he said.
The Blues managed to pass within one goal of the “Oats”, but another goal by Kadri and an empty goal by Mick Rontanen in the third period would deprive him of a chance to return.
Binington left Saturday’s game in the first period with a lower body injury and now from the playoffs after his collision with Kadri. During the post-game interview, a bottle of water was thrown at him, with reports pointing to Binington as the one who threw it.
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Kadri has since received racial death threats on social media, sparking heightened security in the arena on Monday night.
However, Kadri did not take the statement personally, adding that there is a difference between the statement and true hatred.
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“I know they’re whistling at me and something else, but that’s what it means to be a fan,” he explained. “As a home team and home player, you want the fans to be on your side and consider the other team as long as it follows the instructions. I have no problem with that and I know what is said is not a reflection on every fan in St. Louis. I understand that, and I want to say it clearly. But I feel sorry for those who have wasted time sending such messages. “
Colorado on Wednesday in Game 5 will host St. Louis on Wednesday at 8pm ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.