Avalanche bury the Stars, Shawn Thornton to appeal suspension, plus the latest on Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Milan Lucic, Chris Kreider, Scott Clemmensen and more, including a Christmas miracle for Paul Henderson.

Paul Stastny celebrates one of his two goals against the Stars.

Paul Stastny celebrates one of his two goals against the Stars.

DENVER POST: Paul Stastny snapped a nine-game scoreless streak with a four-point performance as the Colorado Avalanche dumped the Dallas Stars 6-2.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

TSN.CA: Eric Macramalla with his analysis of Shawn Thornton’s intent to appeal his 15-game suspension.

THE SPORTING NEWS: A list of NHL suspensions to date this season. There’s been a lot.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL players still don’t seem to be getting the message that questionable hits won’t be tolerated anymore.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: A profile of the Anaheim Ducks “twins” Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who are leading the club in their rise among the league’s top teams this season.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward Milan Lucic is done defending his hometown of Vancouver after getting involved in an altercation over the weekend in a downtown club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems some Vancouver fans still haven’t gotten over the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

NEW YORK POST: Chris Kreider is among the few Rangers producing on a consistent basis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers are struggling under coach Alain Vigneault this season, but not Kreider, who’s thriving under Vigneault.  It wasn’t that long ago he was considered trade bait. The Blueshirts won’t move him now.

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers backup Scott Clemmensen’s up-and-down season is taking another turn as he’s played well filling in for the sidelined Tim Thomas.

TBO.COM: After a strong start to this season, struggling Lightning winger Alex Killorn is struggling to regain his scoring touch.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks backup Antti Raanta is regaling his teammates with stories of his service in the Finnish army.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turns out his six months of mandatory military service in his youth served him well on his path toward the NHL.

TORONTO SUN: Paul Henderson got good news in time for Christmas, as a clinical trial has helped him battle back against chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Great news for Henderson. My best wishes for continued success in his battle against this disease.