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When Pens winger Phil Kessel arrived at Ricoh Coliseum for Pittsburgh’s optional practice on Friday, he was met with a surprise.

Instead of finding his gear in a locker stall, it was set up on a chair outside of the locker room, complete with a case of Coke-a-Cola, cups for coffee, some signs and a big sign above it all reading “The Phil Zone.”

The prank was the brainchild of center Evgeni Malkin and head equipment manager Dana Heinze.

The backstory is this. On Thursday the Pens were playing against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. However, there were only 24 locker stalls available and 25 players in attendance.

Heinze approached Malkin out of respect and asked if he would mind being placed in a chair, since he was not playing that evening against the Devils. Malkin, of course, was fine with it.

Heinze set out to find “the nicest chair possible,” and set up his gear on the seat. As the team arrived for the morning skate, Kessel began chirping both Heinze and Malkin. He even tweeted a pic of the seat saying: “Pigeon couldn’t even get a regular stall.”

So Malkin and Heinze put their heads together for some payback.

“It wasn’t my idea. It was Dana. He said we need to answer,” Malkin said. “I wanted to answer today and Dana helped me.”

04/07/17: Phil Kessel gets pranked + Inside Scoop: Payback for Phil

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But there is no denying that it’s hip to be square. 

1) Fluorite - La Facciata quarry, Carrara, Apuan Alps, Massa-Carrara Province, Tuscany, Italy 

2) Rare, deep royal blue Halite on Sylvite - PCA Intrepid Potash Mine, Carlsbad, New Mexico

3) Fluorite and Zeunerite - Montoso Quarries, Bagnolo Piemonte, Cuneo Province, Piedmont, Italy Photo by: Giuseppe Finello

4) Purple fluorite on baryte. Photo by: Mario Miglioli 

5) Pyrite with purple fluorite inclusions

6) Pallasite Meteorite

7) Iron Meteorite

8) Paulingite - Czech Republic

9) Fluorite - El Hammam Mine, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco 

10)  Fluorite, Minerva Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA.  Photo: DI Anton Watzl

Iron enough to make a nail,
Lime enough to paint a wall,
Water enough to drown a dog,
Sulfur enough to stop the fleas,
Poison enough to kill a cow,
Potash enough to wash a shirt,
Gold enough to buy a bean,
Silver enough to coat a pin,
Lead enough to ballast a bird,
Phosphor enough to light the town,

Strength enough to build a home,
Time enough to hold a child,
Love enough to break a heart.

Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett