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.
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.
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.