Blues falls 6-3 to Avs in Game 4 and is on the brink of elimination after Kadri’s hat-trick

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored three goals, including two during a four-goal barrage in the second half, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the St. Louis Blues 6-3 Monday night and went with in their Western Conference series 3-1 lead .

Kadri’s outburst came after he received racist death threats on social media in Game 3 on Saturday night after clashing with Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington in the first half.

Kadri, who was heavily booed every time he touched the puck, ran towards the glass and appeared to greet the Blues fans after each of his first two goals, drawing even more derision. It was his first playoff hat trick of his career.

Erik Johnson and Devon Toews also scored and Mikko Rantanen added an empty net for the Avalanche while Darcy Kuemper made 17 saves.

David Perron scored twice and Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist for the Blues. Ville Husso, making his first start since Game 3 of Round 1 against Minnesota, made 31 saves.

The Avalanche took control of the game – and the series – with three goals in under two minutes early in the second period.

Johnson got it going with his first of the playoffs at the 2:44 mark. Kadri gave the Avalanche a 4-07 lead with his first goal and Toews scored 19 seconds later to make it 3-1.

Kadri gave Perron a late push a minute later, resulting in a retaliatory strike from Perron and Buchnevich that landed them both inside the box with minor penalties. Colorado didn’t score due to the two-man lead, but Kadri buried his second goal just after the end to make it 4-1.

Perron and Buchnevich each scored power play goals late in the second to bring the Blues back to one, but Kadri’s goal midway through the third sunk the comeback attempt.

Perron gave the Blues a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game. Buchnevich set up the goal, intercepting Toews’ pass from behind the Avalanche net and quickly matching to an open platform in front of him.

The Blues escaped the first third with the lead despite shooting wide at 15-3. Husso made several hard saves, pulling chants of “HUSS!” From the crowd.

EXTRA SECURITY

The St. Louis Police Department is investigating the threats against Kadri. The NHL told the AP Monday that it is working with the St. Louis Police Department to implement enhanced security procedures at both the arena and the hotel.

ROAD WARRIORS

Colorado is 4-0 going this postseason and is the only team without an away loss. The streak ties the second-longest winning streak since the season opener in franchise history with the 2001 team. The longest streak is a 7-0 start by the 1999 team.

FACE IN THE CROWD

St. Louis native rapper Nelly joined in the pre-game hype by banging a bass drum and leading the crowd with a “Let’s Go Blues” chant.

NOTES: Blues D Torey Krug skated for the first time since his lower body injury in Game 3 against Minnesota during morning skating with the team. There is no update on his return. … Avalanche C Alex Newhook played in his first playoff game this year and received an assist for Johnson’s goal. … Blues F Vladimir Tarasenko played in his 88th career playoff game, putting him in a tie with Jaden Schwartz for the fifth most in franchise history. … The Blues recalled G Charlie Lindgren of Springfield, his AHL affiliate, Sunday amid emergencies to support Husso.

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