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Ranking the NHL's best current rivalries

As the Battle of Alberta rages in the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, we put the feud in perspective.

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The wild past and furious present of the Battle of Alberta

From the glory days of the '80s and early '90s, to recent bad blood, to a second-round series in 2022, here's what you need to know before opening puck drop.

East 2nd Round - Game 3CAR leads series 2-1

Kreider goes top shelf to give Rangers a 2-0 advantage

Chris Kreider gives the Rangers a 2-0 lead over the Hurricanes with a top-shelf goal.

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Motte comes through with a big empty-net goal

Tyler Motte sends the puck trickling down the ice and into the net to increase the Rangers' lead late in Game 3.

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Niederreiter gets Carolina on the board

Nino Niederreiter's shot somehow gets through the arm of Igor Shesterkin as the Hurricanes cut their deficit to 2-1 vs. the Rangers.

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Canes can't capitalize on great scoring chance

Max Domi's deflection nearly trickles into the net, but the Rangers push it away to keep their lead.

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Zibanejad breaks deadlock with a power-play goal

Mika Zibanejad sneaks his shot into the net on the power play to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

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Kreider goes top shelf to give Rangers a 2-0 advantage

Chris Kreider gives the Rangers a 2-0 lead over the Hurricanes with a top-shelf goal.

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Playoff beards: Hockey's wackiest tradition

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  • Playoff beards: Hockey's wackiest tradition

    A staple since the early 1980s, we look at the best beards in 2022, the next generation of bushy beauties and the greatest facial forests in postseason history