I think HSHS really means that after so many SE champ raise the flag nights, the team might actually try to return to the Finals.
As for AO... the truth is, he was a great scorer only... and the last time I checked, there are "2" ends of the ice.
FORGOT: I realize you are a true fan... and passionate about the team. I respect that.
He's also an above average playmaker and by far our most imposing hitter.
Briere doesn't know the defensive zone from his cloaca and he's been absolute gold in the playoffs in his career. I think Ovechkin is fairly similar in that regard, and when used properly his defensive issues can be masked and his offensive/physical gifts used effectively enough to win series. I generally agree in having a prototypical playoff warrior be well versed in offense, defense and physical play but guys like Briere, Ovechkin or Franzen are so good in the spring they can be gamebreakers even with their defects.