Linden scores most goals as a Canuck

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Trevor Linden passed an old friend Monday night the with His Canucks.

Linden became Vancouver’s leading career goal scorer, passing former team captain Stan Smyl, as the Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 for their seventh victory in a row.

“Stan’s a special person,” Linden said of Smyl, whose career was winding down when Linden joined the Canucks as the second overall selection in the 1988 NHL draft. “When I came to this team, he was someone I looked up to and he helped me a lot.”

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Linden scored shorthanded at 5:58 of the third period, giving him 263 in his 12 seasons with the team. In all, Linden has scored 320 goals in 15 NHL seasons.

“It was a beautiful goal for him to get the record for the Canucks,” said Canucks coach Marc Crawford. “It was probably one of the prettier ones he’s scored.”

Linden took advantage of a giveaway by Minnesota’s Cliff Ronning in the neutral zone. He broke in alone and flipped a backhand over Manny Fernandez’s pad