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Evgeni Malkin plays revenge prank on Phil Kessel

Injured Penguins forward moves teammate's equipment in fun retaliation for tweet

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Lesson learned: Don't mess with Evgeni Malkin.

A prank war has broken out in the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room and Malkin was the clear winner over teammate Phil Kessel after Friday's gem.

A day after Phil Kessel poked fun at Malkin's makeshift stall in New Jersey, Malkin retaliated by setting up Kessel's equipment in a workout room outside the Penguins locker room at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

Tweet from @penguins: Coach Sullivan on today's locker room prank: "It's all in good fun. And Phil always seems to be in the center of all that." pic.twitter.com/Go70z6deYY

Malkin, who has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since March 15, was a participant at the Penguins optional morning skate at Prudential Center on Thursday. He was not given a locker stall, which Kessel was proud to point out to his 310,000 followers on Twitter, even jokingly referring to Malkin as a "pigeon," a term for a player that is not very skilled.

Tweet from @PKessel81: Pigeon�� couldn't even get a regular stall pic.twitter.com/KSxDnrvA3f

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, also seemingly in on the prank, photographed Malkin's work.

Malkin joked that "hot dogs" were the only thing missing from Kessel's new "locker" before admitting it was just a joke.

Tweet from @JMackeyPG: Malkin on Kessel's hot dog habits: "I���ve never seen him eat a hot dog. It���s just a joke."

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