DETROIT (Ticker) -- Being shorthanded is not a desirable situation for most teams, but the Detroit Red Wings seem to thrive at it.
The defending Stanley Cup champions have scored five shorthanded goals in six games - one more than they have allowed on the power play.
The Red Wings recorded a pair of shorthanded goals in a period for the second time this season. They are four away from matching last season's total.
The Flames had nine power plays, but it was the Red Wings who capitalized, scoring twice in an 88-second span of the second.
Chelios got Detroit on the board 2:52 into the period with his 175th career goal.
On Calgary's next power play, Maltby beat McLennan with a hard one-timer from the right faceoff circle for his third shorthanded goal of the season and 18th of his 10-year career.
"I'm not complaining," Maltby said. "We've just been fortunate with a few turnovers shorthanded. Tonight, I just tried to use Drury as a bit of a screen and got it by him and it worked out. I was just able to make the most of my chances."
"It wasn't even special teams," said Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, who had just two shots. "Our power play was different. We had a ton of chances but not enough to get it in. When they kept killing their penalties, it gave them momentum, especially when you score shorthanded goals."
Holmstrom made it 3-0 with a power-play goal just 2:55 into the third. He backhanded a carom off the end boards and over McLennan's left shoulder.
McCarty capped the scoring with his third goal of the season and second in many nights. On a 2-on-1 with Maltby, he tapped in a soft shot from the right side.
The offense was enough for goaltender Curtis Joseph, who made 23 saves for his first shutout as a Red Wing and 37th overall.
Joseph, who entered the game with a 3.03 goals-against average and a .864 save percentage, was very sharp in the first 20 minutes, when the Flames had 12 shots and five power plays.
"He made some difficult saves in front of the net where I wasn't sure where the puck was," Red Wings coach Dave Lewis said.
"Whatever kind of game presents itself I should be ready for them," said Joseph, who kept the puck to remember his first shutout with Detroit. "I've got a few (pucks) that I keep from shutouts. I've got one over there, my first as a Wing. That's one to keep. I'm happy with the way the game went. Overall, I'm happy with the way I played."
Joseph's biggest save of the night came 5:25 in the second period, when he dove to stop rookie Chuck Kobasew's backhander that seemed headed for the vacant part of the net.
Calgary's biggest chance to get back into the game was 37 seconds after Kobasew just missed. The Flames got a five-minute power play when Kris Draper checked defenseman Robyn Regehr into the boards, but managed just one shot.
"We're not desperate enough on the power play," Flames coach Greg Gilbert said. "When we try to be pretty, we're not winning the 1-on-1 puck battles."
"You've got to give it to a team like Detroit," Iginla said. "They know how to play with the lead."