Great news. I was getting concerned with his lack of production, but the way you put it makes me feel like he was playing great, even if he wasn't getting the points. Now the points are coming to him. 3G 2A in 2 GP. Wonderful news.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
I had to look up what his first name was...he only has 2 goals and 2 assists in 19 games so far...ouch.
He's having a bad year right now it seems, mostly produces in the second half of the season which makes him not get too many chances on the national team. Last year he played a couple of the tournaments for Team Russia though and did it rather well.
On a non-lockout season I'd call him top-5 among veteran forwards in the RSL.
Well in America, where I'm posting from, it doesn't.
Maybe he's not a household name, but to any fan who's been following hockey for a while (even in N.A.), Karpov's name should ring a bell.
Played for a while with Anaheim in the mid 90's and was a mainstay for numerous Russian WC teams throughout the 90's.