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Reaves honors Kessel with incredible T-shirt during postgame interview

Penguins forward celebrates teammate, friend during 'After Hours' segment

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Ryan Reaves wore a thrilling shirt for his postgame interview with Sportsnet on Saturday.

Reaves paid homage to his friend and Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Phil Kessel by wearing an incredible T-shirt with Kessel's face over Michael Jackson's body, mimicking the cover of Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller" during his "After Hours" interview.

Tweet from @Sportsnet: Ryan Reaves spoke of pranking Phil Kessel, goals vs. fights & growing up as @ScottOake's neighbour on After Hours. https://t.co/BISdcTL5i9 pic.twitter.com/qLeYY0OTQy

"Phil the Thriller," Reaves told Sportsnet's Scott Oake to explain his choice of attire after the Penguins' 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Reaves has developed a special friendship with Kessel since he was acquired by Pittsburgh from the St. Louis Blues for forward Oskar Sundqvist and a first-round pick (No. 31) at the 2017 NHL Draft. Reaves dominated Kessel in one-on-one basketball then scared the bejeezus out of him just last week.

Reaves revealed that Kessel wasn't his intended target, but that his plan shifted after learning that Kessel doesn't like pranks.

"Phil, right before that, told me he hates getting scared; he hates scary movies," Reaves said. "So obviously I switched the target to him."

Then Reaves uttered the line that will endear him with hockey fans everywhere

"Who doesn't love Phil?" he said. 

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