Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/23/12
Five days into their Pacific Division swing, the Ottawa Senators weren't exactly showing the traits of a team coming off a loss the day before while stationed nearly 3,000 miles away from home. Loose and upbeat, the club practiced Sunday at the Toyota Sports Center, the training facility of the Los Angeles Kings and Lakers, and showed all the characteristics of a team enjoying the battle. As teammates called out updates of the AFC Championship Game from the locker room, Daniel Alfredsson whizzed a puck at the glass near where defenseman Erik Karlsson held court in front of a handful of reporters. "That's a young one," the 21-year-old Karlsson joked about the 39-year-old Alfredsson. The Senators, under first-year head coach Paul MacLean, have offered as equally surprising of a season as the Buffalo Sabres, but for an entirely opposite reason. Picked in nearly all previews to finish toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with major questions regarding their defense a...
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