PITTSBURGH - The Washington Capitals notified Pittsburgh-area police after a death threat made against Capitals star Alex Ovechkin surfaced on a hockey message board.

The message board poster bragged he was going to kill Ovechkin and didn't care if he went to jail.

"We became aware of an inappropriate comment on a message board and referred it to the appropriate authorities," according to a statement issued Thursday by the Capitals. "We appreciate their diligence and have every confidence in our club's safety."

The Penguins issued a statement 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, which was first reported by Pittsburgh TV station WPXI.

Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal scorer, has five goals in the first three games of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal 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.

The Capitals and Penguins play Game 4 in Pittsburgh on Friday night. The series continues in Washington with Game 5 on Saturday night.