While three members of the Washington Capitals' emergency corps returned to Hershey yesterday with memories of a job well done, goaltender Jim Bedard and left wing Gary Rissling remained with the parent club.
Bedard was the No. 1 star Monday night, stopping 25 Montreal shots as the Capitals, on home ice, battled the Canadiens to a 2-2 tie. With Gary Inness and Bernie Wolfe hobbled by minor leg injuries, Bedard is a good bet to be in the nets Saturday night when the Capitals return to action at Capital Centre against St. Louis.
Rissling is here on emergency recall until Greg Polis, who suffered a sprained ritght knee in Vancouver Friday, is able to play again.
Defenseman Brent Tremblay and forwards Doug Patey and Ron Lalonde were sent back to Hershey, which is home to the Philadelphia Firebirds tonight. Goaltender Rollie Boutin was summoned from Port Huron to take Bedard's place.
General Manager Max McNab was pleased with the way the 21-year-old Tremblay, an eighth-round amateur draft choice in 1977, handled himself against the Canadiens.
"He started slow a year ago at Port Huron and came on late, and he's been showing steady improvement this year," McNab said. "He handled himself pretty adequately last night and with another year in the minors, he could make it. He has pretty good hockey sense."
McNab, like so many others involved in hockey was trying to figure out what the Detroit Red Wings had in mind when they put goaltender Rogie Vachon, he of the long-term, fat contract, on waivers currently.
"I'm sure every manager's office is talking, weighing the pros and cons, the reasons why," McNab said. "It's hard to read Detroit's position on this. I can't even speculate. He has a contract that won't quit. That is a factor, although it wouldn't be a factor if you got the L.A. Vachon."
One of the league's best with Los Angeles, Vachon has compiled a 3.81 goals-against average and a 10-25-11 record for Detroit, which not only paid in the millions for him but also could lose center Dale McCourt as compensation when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issues its opinion on the case McCourt won in September.
While several Capitals nurse bruises and pulled muscles this week, the team will make an appearance Thursday at a noon luncheon at the Touchdown Club. That is open to the public, as is a fashion show sponsored by the fan club tonight at 6:45 at the Sheraton-Northeast in New Carrollton.