Some of the red faces from Sunday's 11-7 embarrassment against Quebec were replaced by fresh, eager first-place faces from Hershey tonight when the Washington Capitals flew here for Wednesday's game (WDCA-TV-20 at 8:30 p.m.) against the Chicago Black Hawks.
Right wing Mark Lofthouse, the American Hockey League's leading scorer, and center Tim Tookey joined the Capitals. Consigned to the Hershey farm club were left wing Paul Mulvey and center Wes Jarvis.
"This was the first time I've been given enough confidence to play with confidence," said Lofthouse, who has spent portions of the last three seasons in Washington. "The guys were younger in Hersey, we have a well-knit tem and the coach (Bryan Murray) played me a lot, particularly on the power play. If I get a chance here, I think I can play well here, too.
"My feelings are kind of mixed. I was leading the league there and it would be nice to finish on top. This is the last year of my contract, though, so I guess they want to see what I can do. Whatever they want to do is all right with me."
Lofthouse, 23, started slowly but since Christmas he has approximated a goal-a-game pace, with current statistics of 34 goals and 42 assists. He has scored 30 goals in 138 games with Washington, while taking frequent hikes up Interstate 83 in the past and once finding himself in Salt Lake City because even Hersey did not want him.
Tookey, 20, has 21 goals and 37 assists with Hersey despite spending three weeks in Washington, when he recorded two goals and two assists in nine games. He tied a Hershey club record by scoring at least one point in 19 straight games.
"I didn't expect to come back," Tookey said. "I thought they'd leave me down there the rest of the year to get my seasoning. I've been playing pretty well. If I play as well here as there, I'll be okay."
Lofthouse probably will be assigned to a line with Alan Hangsleben and Glen Currie. Tookey will be a spare forward, with guaranteed duty on the second power-play unit.
Mulvey, the first-line left wing a year ago, has had a difficult season, with only seven goals and 14 assists. During Sunday's debacle, he was tagged with two costly penalties and, when his ejection was announced, the crowd cheered derisively.
Jarvis began the season in Hershey, was called up on Oct. 19 and scored nine goals and 14 assists while shuffling among left wing, center and long stretches on the bench.
"It's not a matter of lack of confidence in their ability," said General Manager Max McNab. "This is what a good farm team is for, to make sure everybody is game sharp. Paul and Wes have been good, solid contributors in the past. Hershey has tough games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and that is better for them than not being in the lineup and practicing.
"There is a winning atmosphere, good coaching and good competition in Hershey."
The Caps have seven defensemen here, because Pat Ribble's status is uncertain. He has been troubled by a sore left elbow and missed the last two games.
Tom Lysiak, Chicago's top scorer who missed last week's 5-5 tie in Washington with a sprained back, will return to action Wednesday.