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Andie Bennett talks to Habs and Bolts fans in Tampa

When Andie Bennett headed down to Tampa Bay, Fla., to catch the Habs take on the Lightning, she ran into more Habs fans than she bargained for.

CBC Montreal sports reporter Andie Bennett is on the road with the Habs during Round 1 of playoffs

CBC Montreal sports reporter Andie Bennett checked in with Habs fans in Florida to see how they were feeling before the puck dropped in Game 1. 1:18

When CBC's Andie Bennett headed down to Tampa Bay, Fla., to catch the Habs take on the Lightning, she ran into more Habs fans than she bargained for — much to the consternation of rival Bolts fans.

Even so, fans were decidedly upbeat to catch the first two games of the first round of the Habs vs. Lightning playoff series. Watch the videos above and below for more from Tampa Bay.

A family of Habs fans before they headed into the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday. (Andie Bennett/CBC)
Habs fans in Tampa were appropriately dressed ahead of Game 1. (Andie Bennett/CBC)