The Stanley Cup Final will shift to Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday for Game 3 and preparations around the building are already underway. A giant banner was affixed to the side of the arena this week featuring the New York Rangers logo and colors.
But, at least for a short time, the Los Angeles Kings had a presence in New York City on Friday night as the teams prepare for Game 2 Saturday night at Staples Center.
A reader of Kings blog The Royal Half passed along what appeared to be a video billboard on 7th Avenue between 33rd and 34th in New York featuring the Staples Center in-arena video of Will Ferrell asking LA fans to get loud with a big "GO KINGS GO!" on top of it:
This was confirmed by some Twitter users in New York City spotting the same thing, pointing out the oddness of the situation.
But the trolling apparently didn't last long. Just a few hours later, friend of the blog Jessica went to check out the video billboard and saw that it had been changed to support the Rangers:
Who would be behind such dastardly trolling? Probably the Kings since they used a video that's normally shown in Staples Center during games and also it's not the first time they've put on their troll hats this postseason. You'll recall the "roast duck" billboards along I-5 as you head into Orange County that went up during the Anaheim series in Round 2.
From Twitter to billboards to video billboards in the city of their opponents 3,000 miles away, what could be next? We're going to guess hiding little stereos all over New York City that screech the Cartman "GO KINGS GO!" chant during Games 3 and 4. That seems like the next step here.
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