"It is easier being on the ice than it is sitting up in the box because I think you play every shift with every player. So it's an emotionally hard night from that stand point," Linden told CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang just hours before the game.
"I know how my mom felt for all those years because you just want your guys to just do well."
Linden, 45, played 118 playoff games during his 16-season career with the Vancouver Canucks. He retired in 2008, but returned last April when he was named president of hockey operations.
Watch Linden's interview with Andrew Chang to hear more of his thoughts on the game.