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Pen Ultimate: A show about the Pittsburgh Penguins

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Sean Gentille, Rob Rossi, and Josh Yohe of The Athletic share their thoughts, insights, hopes and dreams regarding Sid, Geno and the rest of the the Pittsburgh Penguins...but mostly their thoughts and insights.

Sean Gentille, Rob Rossi, and Josh Yohe of The Athletic share their thoughts, insights, hopes and dreams regarding Sid, Geno and the rest of the the Pittsburgh Penguins...but mostly their thoughts and insights.

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Sean Gentille, Rob Rossi, and Josh Yohe of The Athletic share their thoughts, insights, hopes and dreams regarding Sid, Geno and the rest of the the Pittsburgh Penguins...but mostly their thoughts and insights.

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English


Episodes

Ben Lovejoy talks 2016 Penguins Stanley Cup Run, Mike Sullivan, Handling Criticism and Kris Letang

6/1/2020
Sean, Rob and Josh regroup after a tough weekend in Pittsburgh and discuss recent events around PPG Paints Arena and a nice moment from Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse. To lighten the mood, former Penguins defenseman and current analyst for the NHL on NBC, Ben Lovejoy joins the show to reminisce about his time with the Penguins, including the 2016 Stanley Cup run featuring a beaten up defence corps, coming up as a prospect with Kris Letang, playing for Mike Sullivan and how he was...

Duration:00:59:42

Crosby Prep School Stories with Stephen J. Nesbitt + First Steps of Phase 2 Plans

5/26/2020
Sean, Rob and Josh are back together after Memorial Day with news of the NHL's planned transition into Phase 2 trickling out over the weekend. The guys discuss the first steps of the league's lengthy document laying out protocols for players and coaches, as well as some concerns about the proposed 24-team playoff format. Then, The Athletic Pittsburgh's Stephen J. Nesbitt joins to chat about his recent feature on Sidney Crosby and his year at Minnesota prep school. Stephen discusses the work...

Duration:00:49:48

NBC's Doc Emrick on the NHL Pause, Broadcasting Without Fans, Expanded Playoffs & Mike Lange

5/18/2020
Sean, Rob and Josh convene to update their respective facial hair situations and Rossi's wildlife problem, then bring in the voice of the NHL on NBC, Mike 'Doc' Emrick to chat about how he's spending the time off while the playoffs are on pause, what it would be like to broadcast games without fans, his relationship with longtime Penguins voice Mike Lange, as well as his introduction to the game of hockey. Plus, Doc weighs in on our ongoing discussion about the Mount Rushmore of Pittsburgh...

Duration:00:39:08

Colby Armstrong on His Time with the Penguins, Getting Traded, Sidney Crosby and Return to Play Scenarios

5/11/2020
Sean and Rob chat about the Mount Rushmore of Pittsburgh sports figures and the guys' own favourite athletes to deal with over the years, then bring in one of those athletes. Former Penguin and current analyst Colby Armstrong joins to chat about the NHL's ongoing discussion over a return to play and his own experiences with layoffs during the lockouts in 2005 and 2013, what it was like to play in Atlanta and the prospect of playing games without fans, his time in Pittsburgh and finding out...

Duration:00:52:12

Draft Scenarios, Playoff Possibilities and Mario Moments

5/4/2020
Sean, Josh and Rob check in after the weekend's flip cup festivities and dive straight into the latest news coming from the NHL, including the debate over potentially holding the draft in June. The guys discuss some of the issues with the idea and how it could impact teams both in and out of the playoffs, as well as the challenges of returning to play and finishing out the season going into next year. Plus, the guys discuss Part 3 of Josh's best Mario Lemieux moments, including his stick...

Duration:00:45:47

Inside Story of the Penguins’ ‘Pittsburgh Pigeon’ Logo + Dennis Rodman Encounters

4/27/2020
Sean, Rob and Josh reunite for another edition of Pen Ultimate and chat about their impressions of the Michael Jordan documentary 'The Last Dance', how Jordan's career paralleled Mario Lemieux in the early 90s, and a couple of random encounters with Dennis Rodman. Sticking with history, the guys dive into the behind-the-scenes story about the Penguins 1992 logo change, and Howard Baldwin's controversial decision to make the switch after the franchise's first Stanley Cup. Start your free...

Duration:00:32:33

Penguins-Flyers First Round Simulation with Dom Luszczyszyn & Charlie O'Connor

4/20/2020
Rob Rossi welcomes The Athletic's Dom Luszczyszyn and Charlie O'Connor to run through their simulation of a virtual Penguins-Flyers series, which lasted a dramatic seven games and included a 3-0 comeback. Dom explains the origin of the series, and the guys run through some of the key narratives from each game and what ultimately resulted in a Penguins series win. Plus, Dom and Charlie weigh in on how data-based analysis of a real playoff series could be impacted by a lengthy stoppage of...

Duration:00:44:16

Penguins Fan Survey + Coach Rob Rossi

4/13/2020
Sean reunites with Rob and Josh to sort through some of the most intriguing questions in The Athletic Pittsburgh's Penguins Fan Survey, including the which goaltender to start in Game 1 of a playoff series, Jake Guentzel's optimal center upon return, the Penguins MVP this season, and much more. Plus, with Dom Luszczyszyn running The Athletic's playoff simulator, Rob puts on his coaching hat and predicts a hypothetical first round matchup between the Pens and Flyers. Participate in the...

Duration:00:39:24

Paul Steigerwald talks Penguins History and the Early Days of Mario Lemieux

4/6/2020
Rob and Josh are joined by Paul Steigerwald, longtime Penguins employee and broadcaster to chat about over his involvement with the club for over 40 years, including starting out as the team's marketing director and how the organization operated in the 1980s, being tasked with marketing Mario Lemieux to a new audience, and nearly being fired for his part in the 1984 Boys Of Winter commercial: https://youtu.be/MF9RmYZv7lQ Start your free trial at The Athletic by going to...

Duration:00:48:55

The Great Debate: Mario Lemieux vs. Sidney Crosby

3/30/2020
In a special edition of Pen Ultimate, Sean, Rob and Josh use the downtime to compare the two greatest players in Penguins franchise history: current captain Sidney Crosby vs. current owner and the team's all-time leading scorer, Mario Lemieux. The guys break down how both athletes stack up against each other in terms of accolades, skill, legacy and impact on the game, as well as their importance to the Penguins franchise and the Pittsburgh community. Want to weigh in on the debate? Tweet the...

Duration:00:57:31

Mike Rupp Talks Penguins Memories, Dressing Room Stories and Pandemic Shopping

3/23/2020
Former Penguin and NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp joins Pen Ultimate this week to catch up on what he's been up to since the NHL paused its season. Mike talks about some of his best memories with the Penguins over the years and some of the more colorful teammates he's had over his career, as well as the role of players who are 'good in the room' and the impact it can have on the rest of the team. Plus, Mike breaks down the differences between Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Brodeur and Marc-Andre...

Duration:00:51:42

Serious Measures: League Response to COVID-19 and What We'll Miss Most

3/16/2020
Sean, Rob and Josh reconvene after the announcement of the NHL postponing play due to the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss how quickly the situation developed, and the league's response following the NBA shutting down. With the season on hold, the guys discuss what's happening around the Penguins in the first week off and try to forecast when we might see hockey return. Plus, what they'll miss most about covering hockey, and some shout outs to the arena staff at PPG Paints Arena. Start your free...

Duration:00:38:04

Lost Weekend: Questions to Answer, Finding Identity, Goaltending Decisions & Players-Only Meetings

3/9/2020
Rob and Josh take the temperature of the Penguins and the fan base following a disappointing weekend and a pair of losses to Washington and Carolina. The guys discuss concerns about the team's play and their status as a Stanley Cup contender with the playoffs getting closer, how much the Penguins getting healthier has contributed to the change in play, and Mike Sullivan's handling of the goaltending situation with both Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry struggling down the stretch. Plus, shedding...

Duration:00:46:13

Grim Reality: Top Pairing Shortcomings, Divisional Battles, Stretch Rotation & Scheduling Madness

3/2/2020
Sean and Rob dissect the Penguins losing streak hitting six games after the California road trip, including tough losses to Anaheim and San Jose. The guys discuss the deficiencies of the Kris Letang-Jack Johnson pairing and how it's impacting Sidney Crosby's production, as well as Mike Sullivan's decision not to play Juuso Riikola with John Marino out. Plus, Rob explains some of the Penguins schedule over the final month, how the Penguins will handle their goaltending rotation down the...

Duration:00:37:10

Trade Deadline Recap: Marleau's Fit, Sheary Returns, Kahun Departs & the Metro Improves

2/24/2020
Sean, Rob and Josh convene for a special edition of Pen Ultimate, recapping a busy trade deadline for the Penguins, including the acquisition of Patrick Marleau, as well as sending Dominik Kahun to the Ducks for Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues. Plus, a look at some of the big winners on deadline day in the Metropolitan division, and some tough divisional games ahead in what is shaping up to be a tight playoff race in the East. Start your free trial at The Athletic by going to...

Duration:00:43:22

Early Returns: The Jason Zucker Era Begins, Dumoulin's Progress + Happy Birthday, Jim Rutherford!

2/17/2020
Sean, Rob and Josh offer some insight on the Jason Zucker trade and the Penguins pursuit of him over the last year. The guys update the progress of Brian Dumoulin and John Marino and discuss the team's confidence in the defence corps getting healthy, as well as other potential trade targets with the deadline less than a week away. Plus, comparing Jason Zucker to wingers of Sidney Crosby's past, praise for the Penguins Make-A-Wish efforts, and with a busy schedule this week, Rob and Josh make...

Duration:00:42:12

John Marino Update, Bjugstad's Outlook, Goaltending Strength & Lightning Preview

2/10/2020
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Duration:00:41:48

All Business: Pens-Caps Rivalry, Murray/Jarry Rotation, Trade Sweeteners & more

2/3/2020
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Duration:00:40:28

All-Star Weekend takeaways, 3-on-3 Draft & Penguins fantasy advice with Eric Young!

1/27/2020
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Duration:00:47:42

Speaking Up: Inside the Pens reaction to Murray's treatment + updates on Kahun, Schultz

1/20/2020
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Duration:00:40:39