On November 4th, I posted an article regarding Crosby fighting Matt Niskanen. In the article, I stated that star players fighting is great for the team.
I was right.
19-4-1 in the following 25 games, which included a 12 game winning streak, during which Crosby scored at least one point. Two hat tricks, 4 other two goal games. 16 multi-point games. 26 goals, 24 assists.
Ovechkin followed up not too long afterward, and the team responded nicely as well, to the tune of 6-1-3 in the following ten games. Which represented 75% of the possible 20 points earned during that span - if the team had maintained that pace all season, they would have finished with 138 points, or 6 ahead of the 77-78 Canadiens for most all time.