Coming into Game 4 on Monday night, Colorado coach Jared Bednar was confident everyone on his team was ready for the game, with one exception: forward Nazem Kadri.
In the previous 48 hours, Kadri had been involved in a play that knocked Blues goalie Jordan Binnington out of the series and possibly the season, and then received online racial slurs and threats, which were real enough that the St. Louis police was on hand at the game.
“The one guy that I was kind of concerned about was Naz,” Bednar said, “but I thought he was amazing. A tremendous game from him, a focus, a discipline. I’m proud of him. I’m really proud of the way he’s handled the last 48 hours and to be able to come out and perform like that in the pressure situation is amazing.”
With every reason to be distracted, Kadri scored a hat trick in Colorado’s 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 4 that put the Avalanche up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. If the Blues don’t win Game 5 on Wednesday in Denver, their season will be over.
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“I guess I needed some fuel,” Kadri said. “I was pretty upset for the last couple of days, but it is what it is. We got the win and that’s what we wanted.
“I guess someone had contacted (the police) about some hateful messages and I was able…