Raanta posts shutout in return, Hurricanes win in Montreal

Canadiens left wing Michael Pezzetta watches as Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta makes a save during Carolina’s 3-0 win Saturday in Montreal. (Allen McInnis / The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL — Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, Antti Raanta got his fourth shutout of the season, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Saturday night.

Sebastian Aho and Brady Skjei also scored to help the Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes snap a three-game skid (0-2-1) and get their second win in six games. Raanta, back from a lower-body injury that kept him out since March 7, finished with 14 saves for his 19th career shutout.

Sam Montembault had a season-high 47 saves for the Canadiens, who lost their third straight.

Carolina outshot Montreal 18-5 in each of the first two periods, and 14-4 in the third.

Skjei got the Hurricanes on the scoreboard 6 minutes into the first period as he got a pass from Stastny, missed the puck on his first shot attempt and fired his second attempt through traffic past Montembault for his 17th of the season.

Stastny made it 2-0 with 9:09 left in the second, redirecting Brent Burns shot from the high slot in for his ninth.

Aho converted a pass from Stefan Noesen and scored from the right circle on a power play for his 34th with 3:33 remaining in the middle period.

The Hurricanes host the Islanders on Sunday to open a two-game homestand.