Moving swiftly to give Alex Ovechkin help at the defensive end while raiding a rival, new Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan signed Pittsburgh Penguins free agents Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on Tuesday to deals totalling more than $65 million. The 27-year-old Niskanen, the more offensive-minded of the pair of defencemen joining the Capitals, got a $40.25 million, seven-year contract. "Its a very big commitment from Washington. Thats no small thing. Youre talking a seven-year commitment for a very substantial amount of money," said Niskanen, who got married Saturday. "Im excited for that challenge." The 33-year-old Orpik, more of a stay-at-home blueliner who had spent his entire career with the Penguins, was given a $27.5 million, five-year package. "Ive got to be honest: Up until this year, I never really envisioned myself leaving Pittsburgh. As everyone knows, theres been a lot of changes there. It really was a perfect time," Orpik said. "The past year, there was such strong expectations for the team, both internally and externally, and I think we had a really tough time handling those expectations." The Capitals got off to a fast start on the first day of NHL free agency, also adding Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters on a $1.9 million, two-year deal, while re-signing centre Michael Latta to a $1.15 million, two-year contract. Last season, three-time NHL MVP Ovechkin and the Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years, leading ownership to make changes. George McPhees contract was not renewed after he spent 17 seasons as the teams GM, while Adam Oates was fired with a year left on his three-season deal. MacLellan was promoted from assistant general manager to replace McPhee, while Barry Trotz was hired as the new coach. Washington also has added assistant coach Todd Reirden, who was hired by the Capitals after the Penguins fired him last week. "Hes been huge," Niskanen said. "Todd helps young defencemen get better." And in one more Penguins-to-Capitals transaction Tuesday, Washington signed right wing Chris Conner to a one-year, two-way contract. He has 22 goals and 28 assists in 178 NHL games, including 19 with Pittsburgh last season. As for all those people moving from Pittsburgh — which also recently changed its GM and coach — to Washington, Niskanen said: "It would seem odd, wouldnt it? But its professional sports. ... If the Caps call, youve got to listen." Speaking about the Capitals, Orpik said: "Ive played against that group enough to know what the potential of that group can be. ... I think they needed some direction, and I think Barry will provide that." Niskanen, 27, led NHL defencemen with a plus-33 rating last season, when he set career highs with 10 goals and 36 assists. The 6-foot, 209-pound defenceman has 35 goals, 132 assists and 266 penalty minutes in 491 career NHL games for Pittsburgh and Dallas. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound Orpik has 13 goals, 119 assists and 734 penalty minutes in 703 career games. He is a two-time U.S. Olympian and was an alternate captain for the Penguins since 2008. The 27-year-old Peters went 7-9-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage for the Carolina Hurricanes last season. "When the head coach on the team looks you in the eye and tell you he wants you to be there, that goes a long way," Peters said. He said that he wasnt told how hell be used with the Capitals — strictly as a No. 2 behind Braden Holtby, or splitting time in the top goalie spot — but added that he thinks it will "work itself out." ___ AP Sports Writer Joseph White contributed to this report. Air Max Chine Pas Cher . Case in point: LeBron James vs. Ben McLemore. James was driving to the rim in the first quarter and McLemore decided to try to take the charge, which was quite admirable and predictably futile. Air Max Pas Cher Livraison Rapide . 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The game was tied 1-1 in the 89th minute when striker Dom Dwyer fired home his second of the evening to lead Kansas City to its third victory in its last four games. A seemingly straightforward defensive play quickly turned into bedlam for the Impact when defender Heath Pearce and goalkeeper Troy Perkins failed to clear a slow-rolling ball away from the 18-yard box. With just 90 seconds remaining in the game, Kansas City sent a harmless cross towards Montreals final third. Pearce let the ball bounce a couple of times, then turned to face Perkins as the ball rolled past him. Perkins tentatively left his net, and both players hesitated, expecting the other to clear it away. The brief uncertainty allowed substitute C.J. Sapong to poke the ball away from the Impact players and right into the path of a streaking Dwyer. The 23-year-old pounced on the loose ball and side-footed home the game winner for his 14th goal of the season. "I dont know (what happened) to be honest," said Perkins. "When (Pearce) turned, I wasnt expecting it. Just miscommunication, I guess, and it cost us. In the ideal situation, the ball is cleared, and he doesnt even turn with it. It was a mess from the beginning." Dwyer also took advantage of another mistake early in the game, beating Perkins with a header in the fourth minute of play. Dwyer walked in all alone, unmarked, and connected with a long throw-in from the corner flag after Impact defender Matteo Ferrari blew his coverage. The Impact (3-9-5) are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with Major League Soccers worst record. Montreal has now been outscored 9-1 in its three losses to Kansas City this season. "We gifted them the two goals," said captain Patrice Bernier, who could only watch as his team lost a second straight game in the dying minutes. Last week, Montreal gave up a goal in stoppage time to Chivas USA. "There was nothing saying this game wouldnt finish 1-1. I didnt see anything that was going to make them win the game against us in the end. "These are small mental errors that are costly. We have to be vigilant all game-long. We hurt ourselves, simple as that, and were making it even harder for us for the rest of the season." Second-place Kansas City (8-5-5) has now won its last three games on the road, and has only lost once in its last seven. Dwyers brace against Montreal is a recurring storyline this season. The Englishman scored twice in each of Sportings three victories over Montreal this year.dddddddddddd His team-high 14 goals are second best in Major League Soccer. "We should have probably scored a couple of more goals," said Dwyer, whose team has yet to lose this season when scoring first. "We want three points every single game. Were not going to come somewhere and play for a draw. Thats the team we are, and were one of the best teams in the league. We should prove that every week when we come out." Striker Marco Di Vaio answered Dwyers opening goal with a header of his own, erasing Kansas early lead in the 28th minute. The Italian gave goalie Andy Gruenebaum no chance with an accurate shot that rang off the back post before crossing the line. The goal was Di Vaios first in seven career games versus Sporting. But Gruenebaum, who made his first start of the year in net in place of the injured Eric Kronberg, was only challenged once more after that. After Felipe was taken down in the box in the 33rd minute, the ball fell to Andres Romero, whose left-footed shot from a decent angle was stooped by Gruenebaum. Montreal did not hit the target in the second half, despite a slew of opportunities. Felipe had two good chances after the hour mark -- including on an odd-man rush -- but gave the ball away cheaply on both occasions. And a rare offensive outburst by Hassoun Camara almost gave the Impact the victory four minutes from time, but the defenders shot flew just wide. Sporting dominated possession for most of the game, penning Montreal deep in its own half of the pitch for long stretches. At halftime, Kansas City went to the dressing room having seen two thirds of the ball. It was more of the same in the second half for Sporting KC, which completed almost twice as many passes as Montreal. "You have to move on," said Impact manager Frank Klopas, whose team is now nine points out of a playoff spot. "We had a good performance, but in the end we should have walked away with points tonight. I dont know how we find ways to lose games like this. The breaks arent going our way right now. I feel bad for the guys. "Its not a good feeling coming in here and losing, believe me, or walking around the streets of Montreal when you lose games like this." Notes: The Impact were shutout twice by Sporting KC earlier this year -- 4-0 on the road on Apr. 19, and 3-0 at home on May 10. a Defender Krzysztof Krol made his first appearance for the Impact. 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