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Former roommates together again

Detroit's Hartigan, Pitts' Malone were teammates at St. Cloud State

Friday, 05.23.2008 / 6:49 PM ET / Features
By Kevin Fitzhenry  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Former roommates together again
Mark Hartigan
DETROIT -- While the focus of the 2008 Stanley Cup finals has been to create a new rivalry between the Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, for two former roommates it’s a chance to renew a long-standing friendship.

Red Wings forward Mark Hartigan and Penguins defenseman Ryan Malone were college teammates together at St. Cloud State in Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. After spending four seasons together they meet again, this time as opponents in the Cup finals.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Malone said. “Mark was a great roommate back in school and obviously; he’s a great hockey player.”

Although Hartigan has not found much ice time during the playoffs, Malone recognizes Hartigan’s strong offensive ability.
 
“He broke all the scoring records at St. Cloud and his senior year,” Malone said. “He was the first guy I saw to score on a slap shot on a breakaway.”

That slap shot capped off Hartigan’s only collegiate hat trick during his senior season.

“Although it would be funny to line up against him” Malone said, “I won’t be afraid to run him over.”

Malone, on the other hand, has found substantial ice time for the Penguins.

“He’s tough to play against,” Hartigan said. “He’s big and strong and he’s one of those guys
Ryan Malone
that will do anything for his team. He plays in every situation out there on the ice.”

Malone has found success in the playoffs with 15 points (six goals, nine assists.) in 14 games.

“He’s been playing great for them,” said Hartigan, who later joked, “I wish him luck, but not all the luck.”

When asked if any side wager was made between friends, Malone laughed it off.

“We both live in Minnesota now, his family and my family are pretty close,” Malone said, “so we’ll probably get a babysitter one night, and the loser has to buy drinks for the other couple.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59