Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri has been St. Louis’ number one enemy since serving an eight-game suspension for knocking out Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in last year’s first-round playoff series.
In the Avalanche’s 5-2 win on Saturday, Kadri collided with the Blues’ blueliner Kalle Rosen to put him on top of St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington, who left the game in the first period with a lower body injury and never returned. Sunday team confirmed that Binnington was out for the remainder of the series against Colorado.
Qadri, who said the collision was just an accidental contact as he tried to catch the puck, faced hateful attacks after the game. Former NHL forward Akim Aliu, a member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, said Kadri, who is also a spokesman for the association, has been the target of racist slurs and threats since confronting Binnington. The police had to be called to monitor the situation.
“About his unintended encounter with Binnington. Since last night, Nazem has been subjected to so many racist attacks and threats that the police had to be called,” Aliu wrote on social media. “Such racist attacks have no place in hockey and should be investigated and reported.”
Kadri plays sharply, because of which he often got into an unpleasant situation. However, it was Binnington who allegedly added fuel to the fire when it was claimed that he could have thrown a water bottle at Qadri while the Avalanche star was giving a post-match interview on camera.
Qadri spoke about the collision when he stopped to take a double and then suggested that the goalkeeper could have thrown a projectile at him.
“I don’t know if he threw a water bottle at me or not,” Qadri said. “But, I mean, there’s not much I can do, man… I’m just going for the puck.”
The NHL is investigating an alleged bottle throwing incident. according to Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff.
Kadri has scored two goals and six points in seven playoff games this spring after leading the Avalanche with 59 assists in the regular season and adding 28 goals.
The series will resume with a fourth game Monday night in St. Louis without Binnington. I hope the situation is under control for the sake of Qadri’s safety.
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