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10:20 AM ET 11.03 | Despite the beautiful scenery outside the rink, life on the ice in Europe is proving tough for some NHLers. Though an elite player such as Colorado's Matt Duchene is in a better situation than his locked-out brethren at home, he's not enamored with the level of officiating. Duchene feels he's on the receiving end of too much obstruction in the Swedish Elite League, where he's been held to one goal and a few assists in seven games with Frolunda. In three NHL seasons, Duchene has 150 points in 219 games. The bright young man is not blaming his low output solely on the lack of calls against him, but says it's not helping. "It is sad that the (referees) did not call hooking, slashing and so on," Duchene said in a translated story from the newspaper Expressen. "The level here is quite different than I'm used to. That's just the way it works here." Duchene, who only has 57 NHL penalty minutes, wondered about the old adage "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," but also worried that changing his style would backfire whenever the NHL resumes.

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November 3, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Matt Duchene rips Swedish league officiating

Maybe we should start calling him Matt Duchbag?

November 3, 2012  10:34 AM ET



just coz.....

November 3, 2012  10:34 AM ET

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

November 3, 2012  10:35 AM ET

No one is telling you to play there Matt...In fact...

November 3, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

I love this picture....

November 3, 2012  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I love this picture....

Ha!
Gotchya...We know for a fact that those flying turtles are only seen in the greater GTA area...so clearly you took the photo on your plane ride in.
Ha hahahahahahahah.
Go Leafs Go!

November 3, 2012  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Ha!
Gotchya...We know for a fact that those flying turtles are only seen in the greater GTA area...so clearly you took the photo on your plane ride in.
Ha hahahahahahahah.
Golf Leafs Golf!

Whenever I come to To***to I travel by wagon train so that I'm used to horse's **** by the time I get there. :-)

November 3, 2012  10:54 AM ET

Number 21 would battle through it. Sorry Avs fans...Peter Forsberg he ain't.

Wonder how Landeskog feels about the Swedish officiating?

November 3, 2012  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I love this picture....

Kind of makes you want to hold your breath..

November 3, 2012  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Ha!Gotchya...We know for a fact that those flying turtles are only seen in the greater GTA area...so clearly you took the photo on your plane ride in.Ha hahahahahahahah.Go Leafs Go!

Or it's a typical Aeroflot landing.

November 3, 2012  11:21 AM ET
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Or it's a typical Aeroflot landing.

The Russians have problems on aircraft carriers too!!

November 3, 2012  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Russians have problems on aircraft carriers too!!

I guess Goose didn't talk to him.

November 3, 2012  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Matt Duchene rips Swedish league officiating. Maybe we should start calling him Matt Duchbag?

No kidding. What in the hell is he doing over there anyway? It seems to me it would be far more productive to rip the Feherer for not getting a deal done. Get it done so he can start ripping the NHL officiating. Duchbad indeed.

November 3, 2012  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I love this picture....

Is that a picture of an Aeroflot Tupolev? Send it to all NHLers over there!

November 3, 2012  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Russians have problems on aircraft carriers too!!

They fly like they drive:)

November 3, 2012  01:37 PM ET

soooo...call up your player rep & tell him to push fehr to get a deal done...or **** and play hockey.

November 3, 2012  05:03 PM ET
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soooo...call up your player rep & tell him to push fehr to get a deal done...or **** and play hockey.

****You mean ****:)

November 3, 2012  05:04 PM ET

s. t. f. u. is astersiked out? I bit much I think. (c)hit is also. wow.

November 3, 2012  05:04 PM ET
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****You mean ****:)

Ouch. You mean shut the you-know-what-up?

 
November 3, 2012  10:47 PM ET

foreign players get called more for things elsewhere too?

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