Canucks win, Linden sets record
A record-setting night for Trevor Linden resulted in a seventh straight win for the red-hot Vancouver Canucks.
Linden scored shorthanded to become the franchise leader in goals scored as the Canucks nipped the Minnesota Wild, 2-1 on Monday.
The popular forward has tallied 263 goals in a Canucks sweater, surpassing the team record held by Stan Smyl.
"Stan's a special person," said Linden, who has totalled 320 NHL goals since being drafted second overall by Vancouver in 1988.
"When I came to this team, he was someone I looked up to and he helped me a lot."
Henrik Sedin had the other Vancouver marker.
Andrew Brunette was the lone Wild player to put the puck past Dan Cloutier, who turned aside 27 shots for the victory.
Vancouver's penalty-killing unit continued to impress as Minnesota outshot the Canucks 28-17, but went 0-9 on the power play.
"Nobody on that team hesitates on the penalty kill," Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire lamented. "They know what's there and they go."
The Wild entered the contest riding a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2-0).
Sedin deflected a Brendan Morrison slap shot by Manny Fernandez to open the scoring on a power play at 4:44 of the first period.
Surprisingly, for Sedin, it was his first goal of the season, snapping a personal 23-game drought.
Linden took advantage of a Cliff Ronning turnover in the neutral zone, breaking in alone on Fernandez and backhanding his fourth by Fernandez at 5:28 of the third.
"I saw he was going to try to poke-check the puck, so I went to the backhand," Linden recalled.
"It was a beautiful goal for him to get the record for the Canucks," observed Canucks head coach Marc Crawford. "It was probably one of the prettier ones he's scored."
Brunette halved the deficit with his 10th at 15:01 but the Wild, despite a late power play, failed to even proceedings.