TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning fans are providing strong hometown support as they continue in the hockey playoffs.
Thousands of people packed Amalie Arena Wednesday night for Game 3 in their series against the Montreal Canadians. The final score was 2-1.
Josiah Colt just moved to Tampa two years ago from Idaho.
He said he didn't know anything about the Lightning but he was struck by their drive.
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"My friends brought me to a game and I saw the passion and the heart and the commitment of the Bolts," he said.
Colt wears a team jersey, paints his face and dons a flashing hat to attend games.
He said he wants his enthusiasm to motivate the team.
"That top layer of the ice, that's my passion It's not the Zamboni, it's not anything else but heart, tickets, passion," he said.
Fans clamored to take pictures of Larry Sullivan who goes to games dressed as the "Bishop" to bless the team.
"You know, Jesus loves everybody but not so much the Bishop. He doesn't love the Canadians all that much," Sullivan said, laughing.
While people said they have different reasons for being fans, most agreed it's about having fun and supporting the team.
"I like them because they're a tough, competitive team. They're young, they're aggressive and they want to win," Ron Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw pointed to a championship ring on his finger.
"I need one more of them right there, you see that ring there. I get one more to go on this hand and I'll be a happy guy."