After the death threats and racist remarks that Colorado forward Nazem Kadri faced after Game 3, Kadri entered the ice for Game 4 with his head held high and under police supervision. The Avalanche came out hard in the first, but quickly found themselves behind 1-0. St. Louis was having a hard time matching the energy of the Avalanche. The Blues were often giving up turnovers in neutral ice and couldn’t seem to control the puck. The first was mostly uneventful and finished 1-0.
The second period was a completely different story. Colorado came out hot and scored 2 goals just 1:23 apart putting the Avs up 2-1. The second goal scored by Colorado was by Nazem Kadri, who has been at the center of death threats and racist remarks after his incidental hit on Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington in Game 3.
Immediately following his goal, Kadri was targeted by Blues players, but he avoided the hit. On the way back to the bench, the same player tried targeting him again and was knocked down. This led another player from the Blues to knock Kadri down. As Kadri got back to his feet, he was speared by the initial player who was targeting him, and a fight ensued with Kadri on the ground covering his head. Both Blues players were given 2-minute minor penalties.
While the Blues were able to kill off the power play, when it was over, the Avalanche scored almost immediately. Colorado scored a total of 4 goals in 4:53, making this a 4-1 contest. The Blues were able to mount a bit of a comeback to finish the 2nd period by scoring on each of the 2 power plays, making it a 4-3 game going into the 3rd period.
During the 3rd period, we saw more of the same from Colorado. They were levelheaded and controlled the puck as much as possible. The Blues were seemingly fighting for their lives, and it showed. They made several desperate attempts and it almost paid off for them more than once.
After several shots on the net, the Avalanche were finally able to sink another one into the net increasing the lead to 5-3. Who better to score this goal than Nazem Kadri? This goal completed his first career playoff hat trick and absolutely silenced the crowd at the St. Louis Enterprise Center.
With around 3 minutes left in regulation, the Blues pulled the goalie to gain a man advantage in the offensive zone. This backfired as time expired when Mikko Rantanen was able to score his first goal of the playoffs this year on an empty net.
Overall, the Blues were out-shot by the Avalanche 37-20. With a 6-3 victory over the Blues, Colorado extends their lead in the series 3-1 and they return to Denver on Wednesday to try and wrap this thing up in front of their home crowd. Game 5 will air at 8 pm ET on TNT. This game should have some more fireworks in it as emotions are running high and the St. Louis season is on the line.