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Reaves' prank on Kessel is perfection

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Ryan Reaves broke the Internet on Friday when he posted a video of himself pranking teammate Phil Kessel on Twitter (@rreaves75). 

In the video, which had over 13,000 likes as of this posting, Reaves wears a "scary" clown mask while hiding in a closet in Kessel's room. As Kessel opens the door, Reaves springs out and screams.

Kessel shrieks in response and bows over in laughter.

"The fear that went through Phil's eyes was second to none," Reaves told the Penguins' official website. "I thought I was going to have to get a defibrillator for him. I thought that was it."

Kessel has become a favorite target of Reaves lately. After Kessel scored the game-winning overtime goal in back-to-back games, Reaves gave him a double dose of face wash. Reaves also tackled Kessel against the boards at the team's morning skate in Minnesota and wouldn't let him get off the ice.

Reaves has pulled the same scare prank on a few of his St. Louis Blues teammates over the years, including Kevin Shattenkirk and Scott Gomez (in fact, Reaves used the same mask and hotel for the Gomez stunt).

Reaves also wrapped Ian Cole's car with saran wrap while the two played together in St. Louis.

"I like to prank guys," Reaves said. "I like to see the fear in people's eyes."

Although Reaves has only been on the Pens for a month, he's already stealing the mantle as the "team prankster." It was something that was worn by former Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Now, the question is, which Pens player is brave enough to respond?

"I hope someone tries to get me back," Reaves said. "I don't scare easy though so we'll see how it goes." 

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