Nazem Kadri records hat trick in Avalanche’s Game 4 win: ‘For those that hate, that was for them’

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Colorado Avalanche star Nazem Kadri faced racist threats after his clash with the St. Louis Blues’ Jordan Binnington in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. As a result of the collision — for which the NHL did not suspend or fine Kadri — Binnington was ruled out for the remainder of the series with a knee injury.

A game later, Kadri, who is only the fourth player of Lebanese descent to ever play in the NHL, silenced everyone when he scored a hat-trick in Avalanche’s 6-3 win.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been dealing with this for a long time,” says Kadri said the NHL on TNT crew after Game 4 of online threats, many of which were racial. “It’s sad to say, but I’m getting good at installing the rear-view mirror. It’s a big deal. I’m trying to pretend it’s not so single fan in St. Louis. But for those who hate, this is for them. “

Due to the threats Kadri received, there was an increased police presence at the Avalanche’s team hotel when they arrived at the Enterprise Center for Game 4.

“I wasn’t that involved until the police got involved,” Kadri added. “I guess some people have contacted her about hateful messages. I could read these messages. They were very extreme. I was just trying to shake them off. [The police] did a good job putting my mind at ease and making me feel safe.”

After Avalanche and Blues exchanged goals in the first half of Monday’s competition, Kadri managed just 4:07 in the second half thanks to an assist from fellow forward Valeri Nichuskin. Just over three minutes later, Kadri struck again for a goal that gave Colorado a 4-1 lead.

The Blues would add two goals late in the second half to make it a 4-3 game going into the final 20 minutes. Kadri then faced the situation again. He happened to be in the right place at the right time and fired wide from goalkeeper Ville Husso, who came on for Binnington.

“I wanted to come out and put a stamp on this game, especially with everything that’s happened. Doing it on the street was pure,” added Kadri.

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