Death threat at Ovie

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- It may have been merely a prank on a hockey message board, but local police are taking seriously a death threat made against Caps' star Alex Ovechkin.

"We became aware of an inappropriate comment on a message board and referred it to the appropriate authorities," the team said in a statement.

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

The NHL also is investigating the threat, in which reportedly a 17-year-old posted a message on an official Penguins message board earlier in the week threatening to kill the Russian superstar.

The Penguins immediately turned over information to authorities once they were made aware of the threat.


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