Crosby is smart, he knew the team needed a shake up at that time, knows that it's him that pushes the guys and knew that he had to up his game, cause we pretty much depend on it.
Then, a non-fighter pedestrian appears in his face, he seizes the opportunity to provoke an earthquake on him and create a situation to spark the team.
He inspires his teammates a bit, increases the overall production, this helps him and upping his own game helps the others. The overall better quality - even if just a little - is reflected on the numbers.
I don't think it's really a turning point…If it was and that moment is what fired the team up, why'd they give up FIVE straight 3rd period goals just a few games later.
Besides, Crosby was playing pretty good before the fight. His point total since then obviously speaks for itself, but he's always been a guy that when he's "on" his game, the points pile up in a hurry.
I don't look at that fight as a season defining or turning moment for Sid or the team. It was something that needed to be done in the moment, so Crosby did it. You'll notice the Pens didn't rally back during that Dallas game and they lost the next time out too. So I'm gonna say coincidence.
If anything, maybe what was said after the collapse against Boston turned the tide- Pens are 5-0-1 since that meltdown.
I'm not going to say that was the turning point, but if you remember in that Dallas game, some of our key guys were fighting because they were sick and tired of being sick and tired. Frustration boiled over and that's what we got.