NHL

Rantanen scores 3 goals, Avalanche beat Canadiens 4-0

  • Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, center, of Finland, celebrates his goal with defensemen Nikita Zadorov, left, of Russia, and Francois Beauchemin against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, center, of Finland, celebrates his goal with defensemen Nikita Zadorov, left, of Russia, and Francois Beauchemin against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche left wing Andreas Martinsen, front, of Norway, watches as his shot dribbles in for a goal past Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, back right, and goalie Carey Price during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche left wing Andreas Martinsen, front, of Norway, watches as his shot dribbles in for a goal past Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, back right, and goalie Carey Price during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard, back, covers the puck after stopping a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Torrey Mitchell, front left, as Avalanche left wing Andreas Martinsen, of Norway, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard, back, covers the puck after stopping a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Torrey Mitchell, front left, as Avalanche left wing Andreas Martinsen, of Norway, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

Mikko Rantanen scored three times for his first career hat trick, Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Andreas Martinsen added a goal as the last-place Avalanche posted back-to-back wins for the first time since November. Even more, it's the first time all season they've won two straight at home.

Pickard picked up his second shutout of the season, withstanding a late flurry at the end. He also had an assist.

All-Star goaltender Carey Price wasn't sharp early, giving up two quick goals, and the Canadiens never recovered. This after routing Colorado 10-1 on Dec. 10 in Montreal.