February 10, 2013
Maple Leafs back to tackling home woes
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

Mike Kostka, helping out James Reimer during the Leafs' lone home win this season, has gone through the Gardens/ACC crowd experience both as a fan and as a player. (Dave Abel, Toronto Sun)

As a kid, Mike Kostka loved going to the Gardens, riding the wave of the Doug Gilmour-era Leafs and later attending the electric overtime win that launched the Air Canada Centre.

So he knows how a home crowd should be able to lift the Leafs. But now you can put Kostka in with the rest of the befuddled Buds, trying to figure out why Bay Street has become such an icy minefield. The latest chapter in this mystery unfolds this week, when the Leafs have three shots to better their record of 1-4 after taking six of seven away from the ACC.

Never, in 94 seasons of Arenas, St. Patricks and Leafs, in three different rinks, has Toronto won a half dozen on the road before recording its second home win.

“I think everyone is trying to figure that out,” Kostka said Sunday at the MasterCard Centre. “I’ve read where it’s been a league-wide pattern (home losses this lockout year), at least right now.

“But sorting it out is something we’re trying to do. We want to make a good



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