The better team won at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.

And the guys in the losing dressing room knew it.

"What we have to acknowledge," said Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth, "is the Blues are a very good team."

St. Louis' domination was such that 2010's playoff hero had a quiet night at the office.

Nineteen shots aren't going to beat Jaroslav Halak – especially when another 12 miss the net. The Canadiens' offensive woes were typified by P.K. Subban, who had two shots on goal while another four were blocked and three went wide.