I find it interesting how one loss makes the US team such a disappointment (and I'm a non-american). I agree that their goal was gold, as it should be, but 7-1 is pretty good. I mean, if you look at the NBA, even the worst teams win 20 games a year, meaning that on any given night, any team can beat any other team.
If it were a 7 game series the US would have taken it 4-1.
It's like March Madness - upsets happen all the time, and usually just because the higher seeded team had a bad game.