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Kings get last laugh after Coyotes’ Taylor Swift banner shade

A Taylor Swift banner that hangs in the Los Angeles Kings’ home rink has been a source of aggravation for the team for quite some time. The Arizona Coyotes brilliantly trolled the Kings over the controversial Staples Center banner on Monday night, but the Kings brutally trolled the Coyotes in response to get the last laugh in the shade-off.

The banner in question, which celebrates Swift selling out Staples Center 16 times, was originally raised way back on Aug. 21, 2015. The banner has been a source of angst for Kings fans, as it’s viewed as a curse of sorts given that their favorite NHL team, Stanley Cup winners in 2012 and 2014, has not won a playoff series since it was raised.

Ahead of the Kings’ home opener this season, the Swift banner was covered up by the team, a practice that has continued at every home game this season.

The Coyotes, well aware of the Kings’ evident disdain for the Swift banner, trolled their opponent when L.A. paid a visit to Gila River Arena on Monday night.

Adding insult to injury amid the Kings’ 3-0 loss, the Coyotes had mascot Howler unveil a replica of the “Taylor Swift Most Sold Out Performances” banner during the game, hanging it directly above the tunnel to the Kings’ locker room.

The Kings, in response to the shade, took to Twitter and delivered a savage knockout blow at the Coyotes’ expense.

Game. Set. Match.