The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - December 17th, 2013

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Milan Lucic is looking at pursuing legal action over what happened in Vancouver.

The Vancouver native played for his hometown Giants of the Western Hockey League before his pro career began. He was the target of hostility in Vancouver shortly after the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup win over the Canucks when vandals defaced the church his family attended with graffiti reading “F–k Lucic. Go Canuks (sic) go,” accompanied by a drawing of male body parts.

“That’s one of the worst parts. It’s in my hometown,” Lucic told WEEI.com. “Going back to the spray painting of the church and my grandparents and parents and family getting harassed during the Final against the Canucks in 2011. Now it’s escalated to a point where I get attacked for just minding my own business.

“I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city. I’m kind of just disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that. As far as that goes, other than being in Rogers Arena, nobody will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.”

Shawn Thornton is appealing his suspension.

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik.

Thornton’s agent, Anton Thun, confirmed in an email that his client was appealing. The NHL Players’ Association announced it had informed the league of that plan before the 48-hour deadline to do so passed.

Patrick Roy is happy with Paul Stastny's play against the Stars.

Stastny scored again at 16:33. Gabriel Landeskog took a shot from just inside the blue line and Stastny deflected it in while being checked by Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon.

"He was in the paint both times," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "This is where you have to be. When we're talking about scoring different ways, if you don't score shooting in the slot area or coming down the wing, you have to be somewhere else and that's what we did. We showed great urgency around their net. We really wanted to put the puck behind their goalie. I certainly think it's going to help our confidence."

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