The Washington Capitols yesterday recalled left wing Tony White from Hershey of the American Hockey League to replace Ace Bailey, who suffered a stretched knee ligament in Friday's 8-1 at Colorado.

White joined the Capitals in time for last night's game with the Minnesota North Stars at Bloomington, Minn.

White was a regular for the last two seasons, scoring 25 goals in 1975-76 and them dipping to 13 last year.In his first four games with Hershey, he collected a goal and three assists.

Bailey, who managed only two assists in six games, is expected to be out of the lineup about 10 days.

Defenseman Gordie Lane, struck in the foot by Mark Suzor's slap shot in the third period Friday, was on crutches when the team left Denver yesterday morning. However, ice was applied to reduce the swelling and xrays indicated no fracture.

"It's a miracle there was no broken bone, the way that foot ballooned up," said coach Tom McVie. "But now it looks like he might even be able to play against Minnesota."

Center Gerry Meehan missed the Colorado game while visiting his father, who had suffered a heart attack in Toronto. He was expected back last night, but was forced to remain in Toronto when his wife's mother suffered a stroke.