Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) right, celebrates his goal with teammates Sebastian Aho (20) center, and Ian Cole (28) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Raanta, Teravainen help Carolina Hurricanes beat Montreal Canadiens in return

Raanta, Teravainen help Carolina Hurricanes beat Montreal Canadiens in return

Raanta, Teravainen help Carolina Hurricanes beat Montreal Canadiens

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Antti Raanta made 26 saves, Teuvo Teravainen scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes excelled on special teams in a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes scored three times on power plays and another time short-handed in their first game in nearly two weeks.

“It was kind of what I thought it was going to look like,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Special teams were huge. I knew we’d struggle (with) 5-on-5 play because we had been out so long. The nature of the whole thing, I figured it would kind of look like that.”

Raanta, usually the backup in his first season with the Hurricanes, had his first shutout since Feb. 4, 2020. He stopped nine shots in each of the first two periods.

“I haven’t played in a couple of weeks, so it’s always a little tough to get all the saves as perfect as you want,” Raanta said.

Nino Niederreiter and Seth Jarvis also scored, Jaccob Slavin had three assists and Sebastian Aho added two assists.

The Hurricanes, who won for the seventh time in their last eight games, had seven skaters back since clearing COVID protocol.

Montreal is 1-7-2 in its last 10 games. Sam Montembeault stopped 32 shots.

The Canadiens have been blanked four times this season, including twice in their last six games.

“We’re all trying to show that we belong,” Montreal center Nick Suzuki said. “I thought we all worked hard. They have a good team over there and we just didn’t put the puck in the net.”

Niederreiter’s power-play goal opened the scoring shortly after the midway mark of the first period. Then, Teravainen converted on a short-handed breakaway, receiving a pass from Aho.

Teravainen provided the only second-period scoring with a power-play goal. Jarvis posted his first goal in his last 12 games in the third period.

The Hurricanes hadn’t played since Dec. 18, with four games since then called off. They had five games in December scrapped.