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By Josh Yohe
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

The Phoenix Coyotes are calling for Penguins left wing Matt Cooke to be suspended.

Cooke received a two-minute penalty in the second period when he hit Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle in the head. Cooke appeared to hit Yandle with his forearm.

"It's just a dirty hit," Yandle said. "Dirty player. He's got no respect."

Yandle believed Cooke attempted to injure him with the Penguins leading, 5-0, and shorthanded at the time of the hit.

"I mean, he's killing a penalty, and he's coming like that," Yandle said. "His only intent was to hurt me with his hands high like that, and I hope they (the NHL) review it."

Yandle said Cooke turned down an invitation to fight and believes he should be suspended for five games.

"They're up 5-0, and he cowers away from all our guys. I mean, every guy on our team tried to fight him."

The game became rather chippy following the incident. Phoenix captain Shane Doan wasn't pleased with the Cooke hit.

"The fact that Matt Cooke comes at Keith Yandle in a 5-0 game and elbows him in the head," Doan said, "obviously we took it as a personal challenge."

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