Nazem Kadri stunned the St. Louis Blues with a hat-trick Monday night to help the Colorado Avalanche win Game 4 of their 2-2 streak 6-3and round.
Colorado, a big favorite in the West, is leading this three-win confrontation with a chance of reaching Wednesday night’s conference finals in Denver.
Kadri, who had already scored in the game, kept his composure after being tackled by David Perron and Pavel Buchnevich early in the middle period as the visitors took a 3-1 lead.
As a direct result of the two Blues forwards’ indiscipline, the Avalanche enjoyed a two-man power play in the series, and just as Perron and Buchnevich emerged from the dungeon, Kadri beat Ville Husso to level the mark 4-1.
Perron, who passed as Kadri fired his shot, tried to get a shoulder shot as the latter turned to cheer, but the No. 91 Avalanche managed to dodge at the last second.
“I tried to stay motivated and focus on the important things,” said Kadri, not trying to add fuel to the fire. It was quite a team effort on our part, much like Saturday March 3and Game. After their ascent began at the end of the 2and Period, we managed to stay calm and find a way to win. »
“I’ll take any punches I have to take,” he continued. It put us on the power play and it hurt them. »
Remember the Blues accused Kadri of killing Jordan Binnington in the 3rdand Meeting. The Blues goalkeeper, who injured his knee when Kadri made contact with Calle Rosen, will not feature again in this series.
On Monday morning, Saint Louis Police said they were investigating threats made against the attacker in connection with that last game incident.
Perron gave up reckoning for a few moments, the time for registration at the end of WW2and tone period 2and goal of the game and 9and this series. Moments later, Buchnevich – like Perron in the massive attack – scored at Darcy Kuemper’s expense and suddenly the Blues were back on goal difference.
But Kadri made sure to deal a blow to the home side’s comeback hopes as he stunned Husso to take 1ah Hat trick of his career in playoff games.
“I’m proud of him. He was incredible tonight, especially with what’s happened in the last 48 hours, said head coach Jared Bednar.
“Our motto before the game was to stay focused. The player I was most worried about was Naz, but it was great. He stayed focused and disciplined. I’m proud of how he’s been behaving over the past two days. To be able to perform under so much pressure is amazing. »
Erik Johnson, a former Blues, Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen – the latter in an empty net by 31 seconds – completed the goal for Colorado.
The Avalanche fired 36 shots at Husso and St. Louis had 20 at Kuemper.
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