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Police investigating Ovechkin death threat

The Washington Capitals have notified Pittsburgh-area police of a death threat made against Capitals star Alex Ovechkin on Thursday, which surfaced on a hockey message board.

The Washington Capitals have notified Pittsburgh-area police of a death threat made against Capitals star Alex Ovechkin on Thursday, which surfaced on a hockey message board.

"I'm killing Ovechkin. I'm going to jail. I don't care anymore," said the message, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"We became aware of an inappropriate comment on a message board and referred it to the appropriate authorities," said a statement released Thursday by the Capitals.

"We appreciate their diligence and have every confidence in our club's safety."

ESPN reported that NHL officials didn't believe that Ovechkin was in any danger. The Russian superstar was aware of the threat but didn't comment on it. He's had a police escort since the Capitals flew into Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Penguins issued a statement themselves, saying, "We were notified of the message and immediately turned over all the information to the authorities."

The Pennsylvania state police computer crime task force is investigating the threat.

Police didn't identify the accused, but local Pittsburgh news outlets are reporting that the post allegedly came from a 17-year-old residing in central Pennsylvania.

Ovechkin has five goals in the first three games of the second-round series against Pittsburgh.

He scored the game's first goal during Washington's 3-2 overtime loss in Game 3 on Wednesday night, hours after the threat was posted.

With files from the Associated Press

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