The Washington Capitals drew a blank yesterday when the votes were counted for the Prince of Wales Conference representative in the 34th National Hockey League All-Star Game at Capital Centre Feb. 9.
Buffalo, Boston, Quebec, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders each placed two players among the 12 selected by a panel of 30 writers, three from each conference city. Montreal and Philadelphia had one each.
Islander Coach Al Arbour, who will guide the Wales team, will choose eight more players next week, and at least one each must come from Washington, Hartford and the New York Rangers.
Leading vote getter, with 130 of a possible 150 points on a 5-3-1 basis, was right wing Mike Bossy of the Islanders. Other first-team selections were goalie Michel Dion of Pittsburgh, center Peter Stastny of Quebec, left wing Bill Barber of Philadelphia, and defensemen John Van Boxmeer of Buffalo and Ray Bourque of Boston.
Chosen for the second team were goalie Don Edwards of Buffalo, center Bryan Trottier of the Islanders, right wing Rick Middleton of Boston, left wing Marc Tardif of Quebec and defensemen Randy Carlyle of Pittsburgh and Larry Robinson of Montreal.
The closest vote was at left wing. Barber received 64 points, Tardif 54 and Brian Propp of Philadelphia 52. The Capitals' Ryan Walter, obviously hurt by alternating between left wing and center, placed seventh with 11 points.
Center Dennis Maruk of Washington, the NHL's No. 3 scorer following Sunday's games with 34 goals and 43 assists, was named on 20 of the 30 ballots, but still placed third with 30 points, far behind Stastny (116) and Trottier (106). Rick Green was 14th on the defense list with five points. Mike Gartner, only Capital ever elected to the team when he placed second at right wing a year ago, did not receive a vote this time.