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Sunday Hockey Notes

On way to Hall, Adam Oates scored big with mates

Among Adam Oates’s many accomplishments — the sum of which are getting him inducte into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday — he is the only center in NHL history to feed a trio of 50-goal scorers: Brett Hull in St. Louis, Peter Bondra in Washington, and Cam Neely with the Bruins.

“Only wish I had spent more time playing with him,’’ said Neely, lamenting the fact that his own injuries kept him from having a longer run as Oates’s wing man. “Speaking as a right-hand-shot right wing, getting the puck from a right-hand-shot centerman, I think what made him special was his passing, especially on his backhand. He had that knack of knowing where everyone was, being one play ahead of everyone else, and then making the perfect pass.’’

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