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“Wanted to put mark on this game” – Colorado’s Nazem Kadri produces inspiring Game 4 performance against Blues

The extent of the outrage during the Avalanche-Blues clash was so significant that the St. Louis police became involved in the matter.

Nazem Kadri

Colorado Avalanche centerman Nazem Kadri recorded a hat trick against the St. Louis Blues in the Second Round series of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This helped the London native ice hockey player pace his team with four points (3G, 1A) in the 6-3 win at Enterprise Center on Tuesday. 

Earlier, Kadri had indulged in a collision with St. Louis defenseman Calle Rosen and netminder Jordan Binnington, who suffered a series-ending knee injury. The latter also went on to create controversy after tossing a water bottle at the Avalanche forward in his postgame TNT interview. 

“I wanted to come out tonight and put a mark on this game,” Kadri said on Monday night following a great performance and the win, as quoted by NHL.com. “Especially after what happened. I tried to do that as best as possible. Sometimes you’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to wait. I was able to strike early in the second period. I was able to get the mojo going individually and as a team. It felt good, especially on the road. It was pure.” 

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“Kadri was amazing…am proud of him”

Nazem Kadri

Following the play, Kadri – who is Muslim and of Lebanese descent – was on the receiving end of repulsive messages that he described in his words as, “extreme, racial and threatening.” 

“I’m proud of him, I thought he was amazing,” Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar said postgame. “Especially with what’s gone on over the last 48 hours. Our talk coming into tonight’s game was to stay focused. We’re here to win a hockey game. I felt our guys were ready. The one guy that I was concerned about was Naz. But I thought he was amazing. Obviously, a great game from him. The focus and discipline. I’m proud of him.”

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