The Vancouver Canucks have aced a couple of pop quizzes. Now they must prepare to write the first big exam on this seven-game road trip.

The Canucks have done what they should have in the first two games of their mini-marathon. They beat two teams that have combined this season for two wins.

That’s not meant to devalue their 3-2 win in Philadelphia or their 3-0 shutout victory here Thursday night over the Buffalo Sabres. But the fact is everyone in the NHL is taking turns beating the Flyers and Sabres.

The 6-1-0 Pittsburgh Penguins who Vancouver meets at 1 p.m. Saturday (10 a.m. PDT) figure to serve as a better barometer of just where the Canucks are under new coach John Tortorella.

Tortorella of course really didn’t want to hear that after his team’s impressive win over the Sabres.

“I mean everybody looks at records of teams and this and that” Tortorella said. “It’s a dogfight every night it doesn’t matter who you are playing. And for us to start a seven-game road trip with a couple of wins I think that’s very important especially after losing a couple at home before we left.

“Is it all good? No we still have things to learn we still have things to work on but I thought we played quick and simple tonight and that is what we are looking to do.”

They also played with a lead something they haven’t managed much of this season. The Canucks have been playing catch-up nearly all season and have done a pretty good job at it. But the focus heading into Thursday night’s game was to grab a lead and hang onto it.