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Ducks 5, Flames 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Left winger Dustin Penner scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks continued their dominance of the Calgary Flames at Honda Center in a 5-2 victory before a sellout crowd of 17,174 on Friday.

The Ducks (18-7-3) won their 18th in a row at home against the Flames (8-13-4), who have not won here since January 2004.

Anaheim also improved to 10-0-1 on home ice, where they remain the only NHL club to avoid losing a game in regulation.

Goalie Frederik Andersen, in his first start since being recalled from Anaheim's AHL club in Norfolk, Va., improved to 7-1 by stopping 19 shots in the win. Calgary's Reto Berra had 33 saves.

Andrew Cogliano and right winger Corey Perry each scored a goal and produced an assist. Teammate Ryan Getzlaf added two assists, giving him a club-high 30 points.

Anaheim scored two goals within a 46-second span in the first period to take a lead it would never relinquish. Defenseman Sami Vatanen, on an assist from Cogliano, ripped a winner from behind the circle for a 1-0 Ducks lead at 12:20.

Perry struck for his team-high 14th goal by redirecting defenseman Ben Lovejoy's blast past Berra for a 2-0 advantage at 13:14.

The Ducks made it 3-0 at 3:52 of the second period when Getzlaf faked a shot, then dropped a soft pass to Penner, who converted from just outside the crease for a power play goal. For Getzlaf, it extended his string of games with at least a point to nine.

Calgary got on the board at 5:51 of the second period when Andersen couldn't handle a shot by defenseman Ladislav Smid. The puck bounced off Andersen and trickled into the net before the goalie could get his glove on it, cutting Anaheim's lead to 3-1.

The Ducks pushed the margin back to three goals as center Daniel Winnik found Cogliano rushing down the ice, allowing the center to score for a 4-1 Anaheim lead at 8:21 of the second period.

Calgary right winger David Jones slapped a wrist shot by Andersen on an unassisted goal at 12:17 of the second period to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Penner scored with 8:34 left in the game on assist from Getzlaf and Perry to cap the scoring.

NOTES: Anaheim recalled D Alex Grant from its AHL Norfolk affiliate on Friday. ... Ducks C Saku Koivu, who returned to the lineup after missing 14 games with a concussion, made an impact almost immediately with two assists in the opening two periods. ... Ducks D Nolan Yonkman scored his first NHL point by assisting on RW Corey Perry's goal in the first period. ... This was the second of four meetings -- Anaheim took a 3-2 decision on Oct. 16 -- between the two clubs. They won't play again until March 12 and March 26 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. ... The Flames cap their two-game road trip on Saturday in Los Angeles against the Kings. ... Anaheim visits San Jose on Saturday in a clash of Pacific Division leaders.
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