Burton gave Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the first period, taking a pass from linemate Jared Dumba and firing a shot between Matter's pads. Smokin' Joe then scored the Blazers next two goals in the first 4:05 of the second, one even-strength and another on the power play.
Joakim Andersson, Marco Cefalo, Marty Standish and Peter Arvanitis added second- period scores. Burton scored his fourth goal, his team-best 10th and league-record 442nd career, with 56 seconds left in the game.
"There's nobody who loves scoring a goal better than Joe Burton," Oklahoma City coach Doug Sauter said. "Here it is the last minute of play, he gets a 2-on-1, and who's the fastest guy on the ice? Joe Burton. He could've sat back an been an ordinary player, but it's leadership like that helps this team."
Burton's four-goal game was his sixth overall and first since March 1999 against Wichita. He has 37 career hat tricks.
Burton and linemates Dumba and Standish also combined for 12 points. Standish had a goal and four assists; Dumba had three assists.
"Goals kept coming for us, and there wasn't a whole lot for me to do," Branch said. "But I felt bad for the other guy (Matter). It was great for Joe to get a million goals and whatnot, but that poor goalie, he's going to be pretty down. As much fun as it is to win like that, I know where he is and I have compassion for him."Archive ID: 827446