KANATA, Ont. -- Scott Hartnell was willing to take a hit Sunday in an effort to raise money for charity -- literally.
The Philadelphia Flyers' All-Star promised to donate $1,000 for every time he fell during the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game as part of his Hartnell Down campaign to raise money for charity for each time he falls to the ice this season.
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His Flyers teammates and a few others were happy to assist in the effort.
"(Claude) Giroux was trying to trip me on the faceoffs," Hartnell said. "He got me down during warmups once."
Toronto's Joffrey Lupul, a teammate of Hartnell's for two seasons in Philadelphia, was happy to indirectly donate to charity by taking him down during the game.
"I got him once in the first period," Lupul proudly boasted. "I don't know if anyone saw. I said it after he fell down. This is great. He said on the bus he was going to look to hit me. We talked about it a little bit. He's just a fun guy. We built a really good relationship playing together. Today we both had the microphones on the whole game and I could hear what he was saying."
Hartnell spent the first period playing with Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks. He finished with two assists in what was likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"It was neat," said Hartnell, who believes he fell four or five times in the game. "You watch those guys and the little passes that go back and forth, the give and gos. On that first shift, I'd get it and throw it right back at them. It was pretty cool. After the first period when they took me off that line, I asked (coach John Tortorella) if I had a bad period. We were just joking around."
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