Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel thought he was being asked about having bad breath. NBCSN/Twitter

Phil Kessel was the best player on the ice during the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday night, and that meant he had to spend a few minutes speaking one-on-one with Pierre McGuire.

For the most part, it was your typical post-game interview with some questions about scoring big goals, intensity of the playoffs, and all of that good stuff.

Then it ended in the best possible way, with a confused Kessel thinking that McGuire was commenting on Kessel's bad breath.

The exchange went like this:

McGuire: How's your breath?

Kessel: It's not good, eh?

McGuire: No I meant in terms of conditioning!

Hilarity ensued.

Just reading the words doesn't do it justice. You have to actually see the reactions to fully embrace the ridiculousness of this exchange, and the confusion that went along with it.


Kessel's laugh is everything that is great about this.

Going back to his days in Toronto, Kessel isn't exactly known as a player that enjoys speaking with the media, and when he does, it's usually short, quick, straight to the point answers that don't always give a lot of information. And that's fine. Not everybody has to like it, not everybody has to be great at it. But this 20 second segment of a two-minute live television interview might have been his best moment in front of a microphone.

(Video via @DocInRealLife)