Daily Cupcakes February 6th, 2012

Tyson Barrie is joining the Colorado Avalanche.

Ryan O'Byrne took his regular place on the Colorado Avalanche blueline Saturday against his homeprovince Vancouver Canucks. He may very soon have Island company with fellow-Victoria Tyson Barrie called up to the parent Avalanche.

Barrie boarded a plane for Denver Saturday morning in Cleveland, where he plays as a rookie pro rearguard for the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. Too bad it was a rare matinée in the Mile High City and not a night game.

"I wouldn't have made it in time," said Barrie, after reaching his Denver hotel room late Saturday afternoon following the final whistle of the Canucks' 3-2 shootout victory over the Avalanche.

Home ice advantage might be a bigger deal than we thought.

When the talk of the entire hockey world is a mid-season game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Columbus Blue Jackets, you have to assume that something has gone horribly wrong. And this week, you’d be right.

Thursday night’s game in Los Angeles between the two teams was decided on a late Drew Doughty goal that appeared to cross the goal line with a fraction of a second left on the clock. But replays showed something mysterious: the game clock appeared to pause for more than one full second right before the goal. That slight delay was enough to turn a goal that should not have counted into the game-winner.

Predictably, conspiracy theories were floated immediately. The league has promised a thorough investigation, while making clear that the game’s results will stand. The incident could end up deciding the Western Conference playoff races, and everyone is outraged.

The final push for the Colorado Avalanche's hopes is happening now.

The NHL goes back to work Tuesday night on 13 fronts, the players renewed and revitalized by a week off in the middle of the dog days of winter, and ready to gear up for that frantic, final push for playoff spots.

As usual in the NHL, where parity rules, just a handful of teams are so far gone that they are already thinking next-season thoughts. And even those with just the slightest mathematical hint of a hope can point to the 2009 NHL all-star break, when the 15th-place team in the Western Conference standings that year, the St. Louis Blues, climbed all the way to sixth spot by season’s end and qualified for the playoffs with a fabulous final push.

For those who followed my articles about Battle of the Blades, the Do it for Daron charity was featured rather heavily- the group that placed second was doing it for Di

They say time heals all wounds. But a year later, the pain of losing their 14-year-old daughter Daron to suicide is still sharp for Luke and Stephanie Richardson.

The loss of a child is every parent's nightmare. And when that nightmare became a reality for the Richardsons on Nov.13, 2010, they had no choice but to grieve their loss. And yet at their most vulnerable moment, they made a decision. The decision to take their very private grief public in the hopes of removing the stigma connected with suicide. Their goal was to start a conversation -- one that, in hindsight, they wished they’d had with Daron.

Daron Richardson was a typical 14-year-old girl. In her mother's words, Daron was the funniest and happiest person in the Richardson home. She loved her older sister Morgan. She loved playing hockey. And she loved the colour purple, the same colour that would become a symbol of the Do It For Daron movement.

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